The USPSTF released a new draft recommendation. The final recommendation will take into account comments submitted by the public. That’s you, me, all residents, staff and patients. Remember that in 2008 the USPSTF found no evidence of benefit for screening individuals without hypertension for diabetes. These new recommendations expand screening to those who are asymptomatic and includes specific ethnic groups. According to the new draft recommendation:
This recommendation applies to adults in primary care settings with known risk factors for IFG, IGT, or diabetes. Risk factors include age of 45 years or older, overweight or obesity, or a first-degree relative with diabetes. Women with a history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome are also at increased risk. Certain racial/ethnic minorities, including African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, are also at increased risk compared with whites.
Let your voice be heard and head over to USPSTF to leave a comment before this opportunity expires.