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Diabetes: New recommendations push for earlier screening

KEY POINT

As part of a cardiovascular risk assessment, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advises that adults 40 to 70 years of age who are overweight or obese and asymptomatic should be screened for abnormal blood glucose levels, according to newly revised recommendations. This guidance differs from current American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations that support screening at age 45 and for those with multiple risk factors. 

SOURCES

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. Final Recommendation Statement Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Screening. Accessed November 19, 2015.