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Adults over age 45 should be screened for diabetes

Primary care physicians should screen all adults over age 45 for diabetes, according to new recommendations proposed on Monday by a government-sponsored panel of experts. The US Preventive Services Task Force, comprised of primary care providers, base their new advice on evidence suggesting that diagnosing elevated blood sugar levels before people develop full-blown diabetes can reduce their risk of getting the condition and also developing heart disease.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Screening is fine, but what is the intervention?  Probably the same old “eat less, exercise more” and then when that doesn’t work, starting a lifetime of drug therapy.  You need better interventions to go with wide-spread screenings.

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