Most of the people in the United States with prediabetes are unaware of their condition, according to findings published in Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (2013;62:209-212).
YanFeng Li, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2006, 2007 to 2008, and 2009 to 2010 to estimate how many people in the United States with prediabetes know they have it.
The researchers found that during the last sampling period, only about 11% of people with prediabetes identified themselves as such, and that from 2005 to 2010, less than 14% of all population groups were aware of prediabetes.
“In the United States, persons with prediabetes, including those with regular access to health care, might benefit from efforts aimed at making them aware that they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and that they can reduce that risk by making modest lifestyle changes. Efforts are needed to increase awareness,” the authors wrote.
Each year, 11% of individuals with prediabetes who do not lose weight and do not engage in moderate physical activity will progress to type 2 diabetes an average of three years of follow-up.