New guidelines recommend that obese Americans be screened for diabetes at age 35

Overweight and obese Americans must be screened for diabetes at the age of 35 according to updated national guidelines.

The update of the guidelines – which originally suggested that Americans be screened at age 40 – was motivated by an increase in both obesity and Type 2 diabetes nation-wide. Previous screenings allow those diagnosed with the disease to begin treatment and prevention earlier, improving the chance that their condition will not worsen over time.

Fourteen percent of adults over the age of 18 have already been diagnosed with diabetes, and 33 percent have pre-diabetes.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published the updated guidelines in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

The last update of the guidelines was in 2015.

The new recommendations also suggest that overweight or obese Americans are screened earlier than 35 in some cases. Diabetes is also disproportionately high among blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

The American Diabetes Association agrees with the new guidelines and goes further and suggests that all obese or overweight Americans should be screened, regardless of age.

Screening for diabetes involves blood tests to measure a person’s sugar levels after drinking a sugary liquid. Although the tests come back negative, new guidance recommends that Americans be tested every three years.

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Type 2 diabetes affects the body’s ability to use insulin to regulate blood sugar, which can lead to heart problems, organ damage and blindness. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal and can lead to full-blown diabetes.

The disease has increased in recent years and has increased concomitantly with obesity.

Proper diet and physical activity can help prevent or ward off diabetes, even among people with pre-diabetes.

A leader in the journal along with the study claimed that few adults with pre-diabetes are referred to diabetes prevention or weight loss programs that could help stave off the condition. The editors called for several prevention programs covered by the insurance.

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