Study: 'Nearly half of family physicians don’t follow national guidelines for prediabetes screening'
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- A new University Florida study found that "only about half of family physicians report following national guidelines for screening for prediabetes", a release from UF Health said.
In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, researchers found that more than a third of American adults have high blood glucose concentrations, also known as prediabetes.
"90 percent of people with diabetes don't know they have it," said Dr. Arch Mainous, chair of the department of health services research, management, and policy in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions.
According to the American Diabetes Association, it is recommended that all adults over the age of 45 who are also overweight or obese be screened for prediabetes. The study of more than 1,000 family physicians found that more than half are not following the national guidelines.
"They think that they need to wait until people have diabetes," Dr. Mainous said. "Otherwise, we're saying they have a disease when they don't."
A release from UF Health said that "researchers found that physicians who have a positive attitude toward prediabetes as a clinical condition were more likely to follow national guidelines for prediabetes screening and to offer treatment for their patients."
"What we hope is the next step is... not only tell people what the guidelines are, but really explain to them and overcome some of these attitudes," Dr. Mainous said.
Click here to learn more about the UF Health study.
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