One Third of Those with Diabetes Unaware of Their Disease

SSS epidemiologists Andy Menke and Sarah Casagrande were the first two authors of an article published in Diabetes Care that describes the results of an analysis of data on about 1,900 participants from the 2011–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The researchers found that about a third of participants were unaware that they had type 2 diabetes. Those most likely to be unaware were non-Hispanic Asians and Hispanics of non-Mexican-American descent. In addition, individuals who received no health care in the previous year were much more likely to be unaware. Conversely, individuals with a family history of diabetes and individuals who were hospitalized in the past year were less likely to be unaware. The article was coauthored by researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.