High Blood Pressure Patients Should Receive Diabetes Testing

Although there is a national recommendation in place that says that high blood pressure patients should receive testing for diabetes, many patients are going un-screened. In the state of Minnesota, there are roughly one in three people that have high blood pressure that have yet to be screened for diabetes. This data is according to findings from a study done by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The details were released this past week.

 

The current recommendation that is in place for diabetes testing is in place to help stop cardiovascular events from taking place. Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of having a heart attack and research has shown that proper screening for cardiovascular issues could reduce the risk by nearly half.

 

There are over 1 million Minnesotans that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. An analysis done by the MDH indicated that there were approximately 350,000 that had not been tested for diabetes in the past three years. All of the age groups, genders and weight categories reported that they had not had the diabetes screenings done.

 

The rate of diabetes continues to increase across the United States. Today, there are more than 30 million people that are said to be living with diabetes in the United States. Many more people are currently pre-diabetic or are at significant risk of becoming diabetic due to weight issues and other existing health risk factors.

 

The MDH recommends that all adults that have been diagnosed with hypertension receive screenings for diabetes. In addition, these patients must also continue to receive the screenings on a regular basis so that the patients can avoid issues that might develop as they age. It is not safe for diabetes and cardiovascular issues to go undiagnosed because they could result in significant impairment for the patient or sudden death. Even diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease has been associated with diabetes.

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