CDC: Many Americans May Have Prediabetes and Not Know It

AMA, CDC launch a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes.
AMA, CDC launch a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes.

HealthDay News — More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90% of them do not know they have it, medical experts say.

November 14 was World Diabetes Day, and the American Medical Association and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes and encourage people to find out if they have the condition. 

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"Prediabetes can often be reversed, and type 2 diabetes prevented, by losing weight, eating healthier, and being more physically active," Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, said in an AMA/CDC news release. "Men and women with prediabetes can cut their risk when they participate in a CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program, scientifically proven programs to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes."

The "Do I Have Prediabetes" campaign features public service ads showing viewers who might have prediabetes and urges them to take a one-minute online prediabetes risk test. Those who get a high score are directed to speak with their doctor to confirm a diagnosis of prediabetes and then enroll in the CDC program. The campaign website also offers healthy lifestyle tips and a link to a registry of more than 1,700 in-person and online CDC-recognized programs nationwide.

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