Looking for Diabetes

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Lots of Americans have diabetes, but only some know. People at higher risk are overweight or obese, and have other risk factors, such as being physically inactive, having high blood pressure or having heart disease.

At a public health research firm, in Silver Spring, Maryland, Social & Scientific Systems, Sarah Stark Casagrande looked at national health survey data on diabetes blood tests.

“Nearly half of the U.S. population without diabetes had a screening test for diabetes in the past three years.”

Casagrande says the overall rate was reasonable, but a large proportion of the population is not being screened for diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association’s recommendation, and should be screened.

The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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