2011年7月28日 星期四

Most Diabetes Patients Unaware of Deadly but Treatable Condition that Develops Without Symptoms, Survey Says

WAKEFIELD, Mass

According to the results of a national survey released today, ninety-two percent of the estimated 16 million Americans with diabetes have never heard of diabetic autonomic neuropathy, an often deadly but treatable condition that can develop for years without symptoms.

Also according to the survey, eighty-three percent of people with diabetes are unaware of a non-invasive procedure called heart rate variability testing. Physicians are more able to detect the presence of diabetic autonomic dysfunction when they augment their clinical evaluation with the information provided by heart rate variability testing. However, while it is estimated that diabetic autonomic neuropathy may affect more than twenty-five percent of people with diabetes, only two percent of survey respondents said that they have ever been tested for the condition.

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