Risk Tests Spot Prediabetes and Type 2
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21–25, 2013
Who is at risk for diabetes, and who should be tested for it? Different organizations have different standards, but researchers at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center found that when standards are broader, more cases of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are caught—and can then be treated. Researchers compared the diabetes risk tests of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of health care providers. They found that more people fell into the potential screening population of the ADA's risk test—and that when they were tested, more people got diagnosed. By contrast, 33 percent of those "not at risk" by the USPSTF standards actually had prediabetes.