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According to the CDC, 86 million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, and 29.1 million have full-fledged diabetes. Respectively, 90 percent and 27.8 percent don't realize it.

As the statistics suggest, the screening process is highly underutilized, even though the Affordable Healthcare Act ensures free diabetes screenings for adults. A lack of awareness about coverage is one contributor to this problem, which may result in people avoiding screenings. The results of this can be deadly. Undetected pre-diabetes can lead to full-fledged diabetes, and full-fledged diabetes can lead to complications and even fatalities; approximately 71,000 people die annually from the disease.

The number of undiagnosed pre- and full-fledged diabetes cases can be reduced if we work to ensure that screenings become more regular. One solution is to ensure that doctors offer screenings during annual physicals to those at risk (those who are overweight or obese, have high blood pressure, and/or have a family history). Doctors should feel comfortable ordering a diabetes screening test during annual physicals and telling patients that the cost of the test is covered by the Affordable Healthcare Act. The test itself is quick and cost-effective; a simple blood test is all that's required and can easily be conducted during checkups. Most importantly, it can save lives.

Ask Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make diabetes screenings a routine part of physicals to those who need them.

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Dear Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell:

As you may know, pre- and full-fledged diabetes are frighteningly under-diagnosed health conditions. I sincerely appreciate the Affordable Healthcare Act, which ensures that eligible adults can receive free diabetes screenings. However, as the amount of undiagnosed patients suggests, this resource is severely underutilized. This is partly due to a lack of awareness.

The consequences are monumental. Like any other serious health concern, diabetes ought to be detected as early as possible so that prevention, treatment, and management can begin; otherwise, life-threatening complications may arise. Millions of people in the United States are at risk, simply because they don't know they are diabetic.

To protect at-risk individuals, doctors should feel comfortable ordering a diabetes screening test during annual physicals and telling patients that the cost of the test is covered by the Affordable Healthcare Act. If more screenings take place, more would have a fighting chance against diabetes, simply because they were given an early diagnosis.

Thank you for your consideration.


Petition Signatures

Jul 14, 2018 Deborah Michael
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 marie demian
Jul 5, 2018 Susan Butler Yes, people should eat healthier but they don't/won't. Being diagnosed w/pre-diabetes would be such a wakeup call for most!
Jun 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2018 Lori Cheezem
Jun 22, 2018 Nadine Peterson
Jun 18, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 David Lindsey
May 19, 2018 Carolyn Baker
May 19, 2018 Bridgette Tannehill My mother was diabetic. So is one of my sisters as well as myself. I am very interested in having this testing as part of a regular physical. Early diagnosis is VERY important.
May 19, 2018 Donna Delin
May 19, 2018 Valerie Townsend
May 19, 2018 J Boeser
May 19, 2018 Kathryn Spark
May 19, 2018 Tracey Pfeiffer
May 19, 2018 Troy Leutz
May 18, 2018 Melissa Ratner
May 18, 2018 Lindi Dage I have “Type 2” & was told if I lose weight, it would “go away”. I lost 135 lbs and it’s STILL here!! Luckily, no insulin needed, but I use Trulicity, Metformin & Glipizide and diet to control. Stop lying to patients and get correct information!
May 17, 2018 Rachel Keel
May 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) My son has T1 diabetes and has been close to death which is what brought him to the ER and that is how we found out. Please make screening for diabetes routine.
May 17, 2018 Veronica Junck
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2018 mesut subasi
Apr 30, 2018 Viviana Tedeschi
Apr 30, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
Apr 30, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
Apr 30, 2018 Roxana Moya
Apr 30, 2018 Tina Behla
Apr 30, 2018 Monica Rivara
Apr 29, 2018 Liliana fiorinl
Apr 29, 2018 Barb Quinn
Apr 29, 2018 Bridget Burrows
Apr 25, 2018 ruth tayson I have diabetes for free screenings for diabetes
Apr 25, 2018 Debra Rortina
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Early diagnosis is key.
Apr 15, 2018 Joanne Birnberg I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes over 30 years ago and have been under control with diet, exercise and medication ever since. Screening for this condition is vital if lives are to be saved.
Apr 15, 2018 Carmen N Bosque
Apr 15, 2018 Shauna Killen
Apr 15, 2018 Susan Pizza
Apr 15, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 15, 2018 Linda Mansouri
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Schiefer Yearly diabetes screening are vital.
Apr 15, 2018 tony Jania A really very good idea....

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