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The Clinical Setting Health Professionals

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Health Professionals
In the clinical setting health professionals (i.e. physician’s, nurse’s, etc.) must remain attuned to their patient’s’ diabetic risk, as well as the importance of encouraging risk assessments. These patients include adults age 40 and above (unless pregnant), persons aged 25-39 from high-risk minority and ethnic groups, and adults who present health conditions that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. The use of a validated self-assessment questioner or web-based tool is preferable, which is followed by a fasting plasma glucose test for persons with a high score. The goal of the test is not only to identify type 2 diabetes but also determine an individual’s risk of progression to type 2 diabetes.
¥ Low-risk intervention – Physicians should provide advice based on the patient’s risk factors and offer behavioral solutions aimed at lifestyle improvements to reduce overall risk. Also, physicians must remain encouraging and provide continued reassurance whenever possible.
¥ Moderate risk interventions – It is vital that the doctor unearths the specific behavioral risk factors the patient engages in as a means of isolating those, which are modifiable. Once identified the physician must educate the patient on the importance of lifestyle modifications.
¥ High-risk interventions – Interventions/physician actions are similar to those at moderate risk; however, these patients should be referred to an intensive evidence-based lifestyle change program. For
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