Diabetes screening lowers to age 35 for overweight, obese people

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends people from the age of 35 who are overweight or obese should be screened for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes for people but otherwise show no symptoms. The expert panel said that those found to have prediabetes should be referred for preventive interventions.

The recommendation is based on data suggesting that diabetes increases at age 35 and on evidence that newly diagnosed people benefit from interventions, such as intensive behavioural counselling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity. The advice replaces the 2015 recommendation that adults ages 40 to 70 who are overweight or obese should be screened for abnormal blood glucose levels and Type 2 diabetes as part of a cardiovascular risk assessment.

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