News Flash: Recommended age to screen for prediabetes has dropped to age 35

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations on March 16, 2021 for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes screenings. 

The USPS Task Force is recommending that all adults ages 35-70 who are overweight be screened for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. They also recommend that care providers recommend a lifestyle change intervention if prediabetes is found. (Examples could include participation in a diabetes prevention program and/or counseling and follow-up on healthy lifestyle change with a credentialed health professional.)

I've included Center for Disease Control (CDC) stats on overweight and obesity in US adults age 20 and over: almost 75% are classified as overweight using 2017-2018 data ...  so the Task Force recommendation to screen overweight adults age 35-70 will apply to a large percentage of adults. 


You'll have seen a number of articles about prediabetes here in the blog. Below I've summarized a few key take-aways:


There are SO MANY things you can do to stop, slow, or reverse the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Here are a few key suggestions, keeping in mind that a personal, individualized plan can make a huge difference.


My hope and plea is that we all work together to get the word out about prediabetes.

Finally, I've included an article HERE which summarizes the Task Force findings and contains links to the draft recommendations if you'd like to review them.




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