Awareness of Prediabetes and Engagement in Diabetes Risk–Reducing Behaviors

In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Anjali Gopalan and colleagues, including Ilona Lorincz, Steven Marcus and Judith Long, explore whether prediabetes awareness impacts the odds of engaging in activities that reduce the risk for diabetes. Gopalan and colleagues identified prediabetic patients from two cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and divided the population into two groups: those who are aware and those who are unaware of their prediabetes status. The authors then asked the individuals about risk reduction activities such as physical activity and weight management. The authors find that only a little over one tenth of patients who fell in the prediabetes category were aware of their status. Adults who were aware of their status had higher odds of engaging in risk reduction behaviors including moderate physical activity and weight management. These findings suggest that increasing patients’ awareness of prediabetes could result in improved self-management and potentially decrease risk of future diabetes.