Thirty percent of those who have diabetes are not aware that they have it, according to research conducted at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The study surveyed data on 30,000 adults, 66.5 percent of whom said that they'd had two or more visits to a healthcare provider in the past year.
"About 80 percent of those people are linked to a health care provider, and two-thirds are seeing them twice a year or more. So, through whatever means, they aren't being identified with diabetes," said study author Dr. Mohammed
"The fact that they go to the doctor rings alarm bells. We're missing out on a whole lot of opportunities," he added.
"The answer isn't simple , but we need to identify where the gaps are. Is it high demand on physicians? Is it a system-wide problem? There are a lot of things that could be going on. It probably won't be just one specific thing."
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes, which Ali said most undiagnosed cases likely were, include fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing cuts and scrapes, and the need to urinate frequently.