By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Although the number of people diagnosed with diabetes can be still on the rise, the not bad news can be that will most people with the disease know they have that will, a completely new study shows.
The research suggests that will over the past two as well as a half decades, the percentage of undiagnosed cases has dropped significantly.
“If you’re going to your doctor, you probably don’t have to worry about undiagnosed diabetes,” said study author Elizabeth Selvin, a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Selvin explained that will previous estimates suggested that will over a quarter to 30 percent of people with diabetes probably didn’t know that will. yet those estimates assumed that will doctors were only doing one test for diabetes as well as not following up having a confirmatory second test, as the American Diabetes Association recommends.
However, “we found that will’s not consistent with how diabetes can be diagnosed in clinical practice. In practice, an abnormal finding can be confirmed having a second test for the diagnosis. When you use two tests, we see that will we’re doing a not bad job with screening as well as diagnosing diabetes,” Selvin said.
In fact, the two-test method seems to capture about 0 percent of all diabetes cases, the researchers noted.
Selvin as well as her colleagues used data via U.S. National Health as well as Nutrition Examination Surveys done via 1988 to 1994 as well as via 1999 to 2014.
The surveys showed that will when the research began in 1988 to 1994, there were about 10 million adults with diabetes as well as confirmed undiagnosed diabetes (that will means people who just had one test as well as didn’t get a follow-up test). By 1999 to 2014, there were 25.5 million adults with diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes.
The completely new research revealed that will the number of undiagnosed cases as a percentage of all diabetes dropped via more than 16 percent to slightly less than 11 percent over 26 years.
People who were undiagnosed were more likely to be overweight or obese, older, or a racial or ethnic minority. They were also less likely to have health insurance or access to health care, the study found.
“What we need to figure out can be how to target our screening as well as prevention efforts to the group that will actually can be undiagnosed. Some of the people being missed have very high [blood sugar levels] as well as the efforts should be concentrated on getting those people to the clinic,” Selvin said.
The findings were published Oct. 23 inside the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Anne Peters can be director of the clinical diabetes program at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. She wrote an editorial that will accompanied the study.
“I think there are fewer undiagnosed cases than we used to think, yet there are still a lot of people who are undiagnosed,” Peters said.
“People with risk factors need to get tested. yet people get afraid of the stigma. They get afraid of the disease. yet diabetes doesn’t have to be awful. People don’t have to give up. We need a lot more public awareness as well as a lot more prevention,” she said.
as well as that will doesn’t mean you have to lose 100 pounds. “Losing 15 pounds can make a big difference. Just walking 30 minutes a day, a few days a week can be incredibly beneficial. Take diabetes on in bite-sized pieces,” Peters advised.
“There are so many completely new ways to treat diabetes. Almost everything has changed inside the past 30 years. yet the earlier you start treatment, the better. Some things are better to face,” she said.
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SOURCES: Elizabeth Selvin, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; Anne Peters, M.D., director, clinical diabetes program, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Oct. 23, 2017, Annals of Internal Medicine
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