Should Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Be More Aggressive?
Nov 7, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA
Author: Alexandria Bartley, PharmD. Candidate, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Earlier diagnosis and treatment prevent complications.
In the United States, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity. Currently, in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, it is recommended to screen asymptomatic patients who are older than 40 years of age, and have obesity or overweight. The optimal goal is to start screening patients earlier than the age of 40 for diabetes. The variable cost, such as direct wages, materials, and labor for type 2 diabetes, is persistently rising. The direct cost increased from an alarming one hundred and sixteen billion to an even more dreadful two hundred and thirty-seven billion within just a ten-year time frame. This study will support screening a significant percentage of patients susceptible to being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, specifically those between 18 and 39 years old. Based on a simple self-reported questionnaire the researchers conducted, one-fourth of patients were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before 40 years of age....
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