WITH DIABETES ON THE RISE at SUCH ALARMING RATES IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF THE RISK FACTORS----DIABETES CAN BE PREVENTED
But people who donít know they are at risk may be less inclined to make diabetes-preventing lifestyle changes.
The list of potential risk factors is long, and people with any of the risks should discuss diabetes testing with their health care provider, the report concludes. The risk factors include:
"The important message to get out to the community is that these are the people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes," says Charles M. Clark Jr., MD.
He tells WebMD limited public health funds make both finding undiagnosed diabetes cases and taking care of people who know they have the disease a challenge.
"We only have so much to invest," he says. "We may want to spend more on funny cat pictures screening efforts, but the reality is that we may need to spend more taking care of the people we already know about."
SOURCES: Cowie, C.C. Diabetes Care, Catherine C. Cowie, PhD, director, Diabetes Epidemiology Program, NIDDK. Charles M. Clark, MD, professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; chairman emeritus, NIDDK National Diabetes Education Program.