The survey also found significant opportunities exist to improve consumer awareness of diabetes risk factors, prevention, and appropriate care. According to the news release, diabetes-related survey findings included:
- Consumers are generally able to identify the most important risk factors for diabetes, such as being overweight and family history, but are less knowledgeable about other important risk factors, such as increased age, ethnic heritage, smoking, pregnancy, alcohol consumption, and heart condition, but 39% of respondents doubted that diabetes could be prevented.
- Nearly three out of four respondents (73%) know that HbA1C and blood sugar tests are important for managing diabetes, but far fewer are aware of other important tests, such as foot exams (43%), LDL cholesterol tests (40%), and eye exams (32%).
The research was conducted for DFWBGH’s Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance project, which was created in 2007 to “improve the quality of care for prevalent chronic illnesses and instill transparency into the local health care system.”It was funded by Paris-based pharmaceutical firm sanofi-aventis, which, according to the drugmaker’s Web site, marketsAmaryl, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.
More than 1,500 Dallas-Fort Worth area employees participated in the survey that is available here .