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Talked about diet with doctor, past 12 months

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For sample adults aged 18 and over years, MDIETALK indicates if a doctor or other health professional talked to the respondent about his or her diet in the past 12 months.

In the past 12 months, other tests mentioned are:

  • Fasting test for high blood sugar/diabetes

This variable can be used to monitor the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Aside from a slight change in universe between 2000 and later samples, there are no comparability issues.


  • 2000: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen or talked to a doctor or health care professional about their health within the past year.
  • 2011-2017: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2000, 2011-2017