Regular Type 2 Diabetes Screenings Recommended For Adults With Higher Risk Factors

A 2008 U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended that doctors test their patients with high blood pressure for Type 2 diabetes, as it is a known risk factor. The task force recently modified their suggestion to include all overweight and obese patients between the ages of 40 and 70. The recommendation was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and was modified, in large part, due to increased support that there is a correlation between obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

The hope is to catch people in the pre-diabetic stage, when their blood sugar is abnormal, but in time to make a significant difference in their health through lifestyle changes. Additionally, the task force is recommending that doctors offer behavioral counseling guidance for individuals with abnormal blood sugar, with the goal of facilitating an improvement in eating habits and levels of physical exercise—activities that can prevent or delay the development of diabetes.

2012 CDC data revealed that 86 million adults over the age of 20 have glucose abnormalities; most are unaware of their condition. 15%-30% will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years. With numbers like that, it’s clear that prevention is crucial. However, it can’t be prevented if people aren’t aware. You can help.

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