Study: Disconnect on diabetes awareness

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BETHESDA, Md. – More than half of the U.S. public doesn’t know that diabetes can cause other major health issues, according to a new survey.
Although 64% of Americans know someone with diabetes, 57% don’t realize the disease can cause heart disease, kidney failure and blindness, among other issues, according to a study from Telcare, a digital health company.
Furthermore, 63% of Americans don’t know the difference between Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes, according to the survey.
“The index clearly shows the striking knowledge gap among both the general public and those living with diabetes, and the serious need for increased public awareness and advocacy for additional funding research," said Andy Flanagan, CEO OF Telcare. "What is needed is a different approach to disease management, one that creates meaningful data that medical professionals can use to help provide the level of personalized care consumers demand."
More than 1 in 10 Americans (29.1 million) has diabetes. The majority of those (27.85 million) have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The survey also found that 70% of people are interested in using technology to track their family’s health and fitness. The most trusting of technology: millennials (18 to 34 years old), 55% of whom trust a health app over a health professional alone for advice.