Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS

Abstract

Prediabetes is a disorder that affects approximately 84 million adults, which equates to about 26% of the U.S population. Although this disorder has reached epidemic levels, only 12% of adults with prediabetes report that a healthcare professional has informed them of their condition. Accordingly, most adults with prediabetes are unaware of their diagnosis. Additionally, the rate of progression of prediabetes to diabetes is 5-10%, regardless of the diagnostic criteria used by varying professional organizations. Consequently, the incidence of diabetes is continuously increasing, with 1.5 million new cases of adult diabetes in 2015 alone. Clearly, prevention of the progression of prediabetes to diabetes is critical in addressing the current epidemic. Early diagnosis of diabetes is also important to counteract or delay the progression of the disease through lifestyle and pharmacologic intervention. This presentation will assess health care provider knowledge regarding the screening and management of patients who are prediabetic.

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