Prediabetes Awareness Sought
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016 12:00 AM

Although some have criticized the idea of “prediabetes" as a way for drugmakers to get patients started on diabetes drugs earlier, more patients will ask physicians to test them for prediabetes if the CDC and two major advocacy groups have their way.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Diabetes Association joined with the CDC to unveil a new public service campaign about prediabetes on Thursday. The campaign, which includes humorous public service announcements, encourages people to take a short online test to assess their risk for prediabetes, and then share the results with their physician.

“There are 86 million people in this country who have pre diabetes, and 90% don’t know it,” claims the president-elect of the AMA.  The AMA wants to make doctors aware of the campaign “because they may have lots of people coming into their office and saying, 'I just took the prediabetes test and I think I have it.'" 

Researchers have found that although people with pre diabetes have a 30% risk of going on to develop full-blown diabetes, they can reduce that risk by 60%-70% if they complete a diabetes prevention program or make lifestyle changes on their own.

This campaign is about raising awareness so people will make lifestyle changes accessible to everybody in order to decrease their risk. If you are at risk for prediabetes and lose 5%-10% of your body weight, change your diet, and exercise more regularly, you can markedly reduce your chance of developing diabetes. Then you don't have to take any medicines.