Genetic Testing and Type 2 Diabetes Risk Awareness

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral predictors of interest in genetic testing (GT) in those with and without awareness of their risk for type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Methods:A convenience sample of adults visiting emergency departments, libraries, or an online research registry was surveyed. Responses from adults without diabetes who reported 1 or more risk factors for T2DM (eg, family history,body mass index > 25) were included in the analyses(n = 265).Results: Participants were 37 ± 11 years old, white (54%), and female (69%), with some college education (53%) and an annual income below $25 000 (44%). Approximately half (52%) expressed interest in GT for T2DM. Individuals were stratified by perceived risk for T2DM (risk aware or risk unaware). Among the risk aware, younger age (P <.04) predicted greater interest in GT. Among the risk unaware, family history of T2DM (P < .008) and preference to know genetic risk (P < .0002) predicted interest in GT. Both groups identified the need or low-cost GT.Conclusions :GT is an increasingly available and accurate tool to predict T2DM risk for patients. In this sample, GT was a salient tool for those with and without awareness of their T2DM risk. Financial accessibility is critical to use of this tool for both groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-433
Number of pages7
JournalThe Diabetes Educator
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)

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