Saturday, April 23, 2022

We Need to Heighten the Treatment of Prediabetes in the Primary Care Setting

 A person with prediabetes is at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Kidney difficulties, cardiac problems, strokes, and other comorbidities can all be caused by type 2 diabetes. As a result, both healthcare and community organizations are developing programs to fight prediabetes in the hopes of delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes.
However, primary care organizations must play a larger role in the treatment of prediabetes. And, at the moment, these groups are not engaged in the treatment to the extent that they could.

In a recent study, researchers looked at 3888 patients who were diagnosed with prediabetes based on lab results. The diagnoses were later confirmed. However, only 10.4% of the patients were coded as having prediabetes. Only 5.4% received a prescription for metformin, and only 1.0% of the patients received a nutrition-services referral.

Few individuals with untreated prediabetes are ever notified that they are at high risk for diabetes, according to one study. Furthermore, the study concluded that better patient-centered treatment is required for diabetes prevention, which begins by giving the patients more information.

Primary care organizations, on the other hand, are reticent to diagnose and treat prediabetes for a variety of reasons. There is only a vague understanding of what prediabetes is, and some people do not believe it is a disease. Some argue that because the patient already has enough to worry about, it's not a good idea to give him or her more issues to be concerned about.
Other factors contribute to primary care organizations' refusal to provide prediabetes therapy. According to one study, clinicians may be unaware of how successful interventions are at reducing diabetes risk. There may also be a "lack of access to providers of dietary and exercise advice."

In any case, in order to avoid or delay type 2 diabetes, more attention should be paid to the diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes.
And the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a terrific place to start.


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