A new recommendation from the US Task Force states that all American adults over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes. As of 2012 statistics showed that 12 percent of US adults had diabetes and 37 percent had prediabetes, with rates only continuing to rise. Testing all patients over 45, and also those over 18 with increased risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and of certain ethnicities, can lead to better interventions of the disease. Prevention of diabetes remains to be our goal, but the correct lifestyle modifications can halt its progression, teach patients the skills necessary to be all around healthier, and decrease healthcare costs. How do you discuss diabetes screening and prevention with your patients?
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