Early detection of prediabetes is critical to reversing the condition and preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, yet many patients may avoid screening opportunities for fear of the results. In this behavior, known as “health-information avoidance,” patients often search for outcomes that better meet their needs or beliefs. Understanding when, why and how people avoid information can help physicians reach patients at risk for prediabetes without overwhelming them.
More than 84 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, with up to one-quarter of them developing type 2 diabetes within five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The progression to diabetes can be prevented or delayed through participation in a lifestyle-change program recognized as part of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).