Prediabetes vs. High Risk of Diabetes: What to Say to Patients

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Terms such as "prediabetes" and "at high risk for diabetes" are commonplace in the medical field, but do they best convey information to patients about diabetes risk? A study in Clinical Diabetes of 188 patients having never received a diagnosis of diabetes were asked to complete a survey to assess their understanding of diabetes risk terminology. The majority of patients understood "prediabetes" and "at high risk for diabetes" as terms indicating that they could develop diabetes in the future. Regarding anticipated lifestyle modifications for "prediabetes"/"high risk for diabetes," no significant differences were seen in responses. The authors conclude that both terms can be effectively used to explain diabetes risk to patients. 

Prediabetes vs. High Risk of Diabetes: What to Say to Patients
Prediabetes vs. High Risk of Diabetes: What to Say to Patients
It is estimated that 79 million people in the United States (35% of adults ≥ 20 years of age and 50% of adults ≥ 65 years of age) have mild degrees of hyperglycemia and are thereby at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Accordingly, preferred terminologies such as “prediabetes” and “at high ...

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