TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Every American over the age of 45 should be screened for both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, a U.S. task force has recommended.
“For people with abnormal blood sugar, changes in their lifestyle, such as eating healthier and exercising more often, can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The best way to do that is to participate in a program that supports these behaviors. That’s why we’re recommending that people who are at increased risk be screened,” Dr. Michael Pignone, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, said in a news release from the independent panel of health experts.
Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist and clinical investigator at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, endorsed the task force’s recommendation.
“With diabetes and its major contributor, obesity, now at epidemic levels in the United States, the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation to screen all adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes makes good sense,” Mezitis said.