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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

Nov 18, 2017 Brian Snyder
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) I think that diabetic screening should be done as routine blood work. The screening for thyroid needs to be more thorough. I see the the connection in my own case.
Nov 14, 2017 Marsha Kimball
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 5, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 24, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
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Oct 18, 2017 Natalie B Dishaw
Oct 15, 2017 robert dowling
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Oct 10, 2017 SANDRA VITO
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Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Aug 27, 2017 Candi Gaona
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 18, 2017 Kris Peterson
Aug 14, 2017 Linda Jones
Aug 14, 2017 Kay Meier
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Aug 13, 2017 Sharon S
Aug 7, 2017 Kay Triplett
Jul 28, 2017 Rebecca Glass
Jul 24, 2017 cathy compton
Jul 23, 2017 Janet Fletcher
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
Jul 10, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
Jun 28, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 13, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Early detection of Diabetes is very important and can save people's lives or possibly help them live longer if they catch it early on and get the treatment they need.
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 Donna Stewart
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Hopefully to help some one else
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 17, 2017 jane cook
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May 4, 2017 Kimberly Mele
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