A new draft recommendation on diabetes screenings posted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) could change the way health care professionals tackle the debilitating disease going forward.
Posted on Oct. 6, the USPSTF recommendation calls for providers to screen adults 45 years of age and older—and those at increased risk for type 2 diabetes—with a blood glucose test to detect diabetes or prediabetes earlier in an effort to mitigate the disease that already affects approximately 8.3 percent of American adults.
The USPSTF issued the recommendation a grade B rating, indicating that the practice would provide a benefit to public health based on the supporting evidence. The draft and evidence is available for public comment and review through Nov. 3.
Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive services such as screenings that receive an A or B rating from the USPSTF are covered through all insurance plans at no-cost.
Implementation of the screening guideline could help identify an estimated 86 million adults at risk for diabetes and another 8 million adults with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Diabetes Advocacy AllianceTM (DAA).
The AOA, through its work with the DAA, played a key role in helping make this happen, and as a result, more Americans will know if they are diabetic or prediabetic and will be told to have regular eye exams from their eye doctor to monitor for diabetic retinopathy.