1 in 2 Family Doctors Don't Follow Guidelines On Pre-diabetes
A new study finds only about half of U.S. family doctors follow guidelines on screening patients for prediabetes.
While most are unaware, more than one-third of American adults have prediabetes.
Prediabetes means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes. Diagnosing and treating prediabetes can prevent patients from developing diabetes. The disease is a leading cause of death in the United States.
In academic medical settings nationwide, University of Florida researchers surveyed more than 1,200 family doctors.
Study author Arch Mainous III said in a university news release, “Some physicians think that a prediabetes diagnosis ‘overmedicalizes’ patients, and some believe it is best to focus on providing general advice on healthy lifestyle.” Mainous is chairman of health services research, management and policy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
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