Blood Glucose Screening Rates Among Minnesota Adults With Hypertension
About 345,000 Minnesotans with high blood pressure report not receiving recommended diabetes testing
The Minnesota Department of Health announced the publication of a study finding 1 in 3 adults with high blood pressure reported they did not receive a diabetes test during the past three years.
This work, led by MDH’s Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health Units, appears in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD). Read the full article: Blood Glucose Screening Rates Among Minnesota Adults With Hypertension, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011.
As the article states, the most common pairing of chronic conditions across ages is diabetes and hypertension. Nearly 20% of Minnesota adults with high blood pressure reported having diabetes, and nearly 11% reported having prediabetes.
Still, the study findings suggest that many at-risk Minnesotans are not being screened for diabetes, or they don’t know that they’ve been screened. For that reason, it’s important that people know their blood pressure numbers, ask about screenings, and get the support they need to lead healthier lives.
Everyone can play a part in increasing the number of people who are screened for diabetes.
Healthcare providers can:
- Use electronic medical records to better identify adults who need regular screening and when those screenings should happen.
- Refer patients with prediabetes or diabetes to a Diabetes Prevention program or Diabetes Management program, to help them better manage their condition and reduce health risks.
People with high blood pressure can:
- Schedule a preventive appointment with their provider – it’s a covered benefit.
- Ask your provider if you’ve been screened for diabetes, and if not, ask to be screened. Blood glucose screening for people with diagnosed hypertension is a covered preventive service.