4 -- PLAINSBORO, N.J.
With 26 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and the incidence of
s tracking obesity geographically, the link between the two conditions is beyond dispute.
So, researchers at Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California (KPSC) plan set out to determine
whether overweight and obese patients with diabetes were more or less like
ly to seek health
screenings associated with diabetes once they knew they had the condition.
The large scale study, published online this month by The American Journal of Managed Care,
found that the Kaiser patients with diabetes consumed more healthcare
services by ordering more
screenings, and the higher the patients’ weight, the less optimal their blood pressure and A1C
study examined 164,721 patients enrolled in KPSC from July 1, 2007, to June 30,
2008, and asked whether obese patient
those with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30
would be less likely to seek common screenings for blood pressure, low
(LDL) cholesterol, and retinal examinations. Prior studies had shown that overweight patients
may avoid s
creenings generally; the question was whether those with diabetes would seek care.
The Kaiser results published by
found the diabetic patients not only sought care; the more
obese patients sought the most care and had the most difficulty maintaining
control of their blood
pressure and A1C levels. In fact, while overweight and obese patients were more likely to have
screenings performed, they were less likely to have their blood pressure and A1C levels controls.
Of note, however, LDL cholesterol contro
l levels increased along with BMI.
According to the authors, the findings highlight the need for interventions to improve glycemic
and blood pressure control among overweight and obese patients with diabetes, as both
conditions have reached epidemic level
s in the United States
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