03 Nov Task Force Urges Screening Of Overweight Adults For High Blood Sugar
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says all overweight and obese Americans between 40 and 70 years old should get their blood sugar levels tested.
The advisory group’s previous recommendation, drafted in 2008, made no mention of weight, instead suggesting that doctors routinely test the blood sugar of patients who have high blood pressure, another risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.
But the latest guidelines, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, expanded that recommendation, largely because of evidence that as Americans have gotten heavier over the years, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has rapidly increased.
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