Who Should be Screened for Diabetes?

In the United States, diabetes affects approximately 29.1 million people (as of 2012) and is the 7th leading cause of death. The incidence of diabetes is increasing due to many factors, including an increased prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity.

Timely screening can lead to early diagnosis which slows disease progression and ultimately long-term complications such as heart attacks, neuropathy, and irreversible kidney damage, among others. Studies have shown that those who do not undergo appropriate screening can have high blood sugar for 9 to 12 years without showing any signs or symptoms. Because of this, screening is very important if you have risk factors, even if you aren’t showing symptoms of having high blood sugar.

The following recommendation by the ADA (American Diabetes Association) exists:

  • ALL adults who fit the BMI criteria and 1 or more risk factors should be screened at any age
  • Adults who meet the BMI criteria without an extra risk factor can wait until 45 years old for screening
  • Testing should be repeated at least every 3 years for those with normal results

What are the risk factors?
If you have any of the following risk factors, download Tria’s Diabetes Risk Assessment form and talk to your doctor to see if additional testing is needed.

  • BMI greater than or equal to 25 (for Asian Americans the cut-off is greater than or equal to 23)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Parent(s) or sibling(s) with diabetes
  • High-risk race/ethnicity (African America, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander)
  • You have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 lbs
  • You had gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure (above 140/90 mmHg) or you take medications to treat high blood pressure
  • HDL cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) less than 35 mg/dL
  • Diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • You have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes on previous testing
  • You have other clinical conditions associated with insulin resistance
  • You have a history of cardiovascular disease

For additional resources on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

Tria Health Names Larkin O’Keefe as President

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PBM industry veteran, Larkin O’Keefe brings his expertise to Tria Health

Overland Park, KS (August 2, 2016) – Tria Health, the nation’s leading medication management solution, has named Larkin O’Keefe as its new President. O’Keefe brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and spent 17 years in the PBM industry as co-founder and CEO of MedTrak Services.

 

During his leadership, MedTrak Services was honored as one of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies for 12 years. In his new role at Tria Health, O’Keefe will use his expertise to focus on company growth by leading its sales and marketing team.

“We are very excited to have Larkin join our team,” said Jessica Lea, CEO of Tria Health. “His expertise in the pharmacy benefits industry and sales leadership will help foster Tria’s growth and stay competitive in this marketplace.”

O’Keefe serves as an active member of Tria Health’s Board of Directors and helped develop Tria’s innovative business model when the company launched in 2009.

“I’m looking forward to taking a more active role in Tria’s day-to-day operations,” said O’Keefe. “Tria Health has a unique product that can have a substantial impact on a company’s bottom line by helping them reduce health care expenses, keep employees healthy and make sure they’re getting the best value from their PBM.”

Larkin graduated from the University of Kansas and worked in health care sales for several years prior to starting MedTrak Services and Tria Health.  Larkin is professionally active in the health care community serving on the multiple boards within the Kansas City community, including the Visiting Nurse Association of KC (VNA) and Tria Health.

 

About Tria Health:
Tria Health provides personalized chronic care management to help employers mitigate risks and control health care costs. Tria’s clinically-trained pharmacists focus on resolving the overall mismanagement of medications and gaps in care to eliminate unnecessary costs and health risks.

Learn more about Tria Health by visiting www.triahealth.com.

 

Tria Health Contact:
Katherine Gregg
Director of Marketing & Communications
kgregg@triahealth.com
913.322.8473