Diabetes Screening When There Are No Symptoms

When should you start screening to detect type 2 diabetes? Using a mathematical model to simulate 325,000 people in the US population, researchers have found the most cost effective strategy is to start screening between 30 and 45 years of age with repeat tests every 3 to 5 years.

Doing this would allow a diagnosis some 6 years earlier that simply waiting for symptoms to develop and can prevent 7 myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) for every 1000 people screened.

PositiveTip: If you are over 30, ask your health care provider if you should be screened for diabetes.