Academy Comments on Update to National Diabetes Screening Recommendation

04/21/2021 - The US Preventive Services Task Force has completed a periodic evidence review for its prediabetes/diabetes screening recommendation. Last updated in 2015, the new draft recommendation makes improvements in how it refers to prediabetes, acknowledges the higher risk of diabetes in certain minority communities, and how it instructs clinicians to refer their patients who screen as having prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

The Academy wrote in support of the new recommendation. In comments, the Academy encouraged the USPSTF to explore producing a separate recommendation for individuals from minority populations that have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes or those with a family history of diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

The Academy also requested that the USPSTF include in its resources section a link to the Find a Nutrition Expert tool and the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program registry page to help clinicians direct their patients to evidence-based care for their newly diagnosed diabetes or prediabetes.