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Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) and Abnormal Blood Glucose, Screening, 2015

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Recommendations: Screening for Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) andAbnormal Blood Glucose: Screening -- Adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese
    Grade: B
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with abnormal blood glucose to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity.

    Frequency of Service:

    Evidence on the optimal rescreening interval for adults with an initial normal glucose test result is limited. Cohort and modeling studies suggest that rescreening every 3 years may be a reasonable approach for adults with normal blood glucose levels.

    Risk Factor Information:

    Persons who have a family history of diabetes, have a history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome, or are members of certain racial/ethnic groups (that is, African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, or Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders) may be at increased risk for diabetes at a younger age or at a lower body mass index. Clinicians should consider screening earlier in persons with 1 or more of these characteristics.

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