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Screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in asymptomatic persons could lead to early identification and treatment, and potentially result in improved outcomes. In 2008, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended diabetes screening in asymptomatic adults with sustained blood pressure (BP) greater than 135/80 mm Hg. Unfortunately, the USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening adults without elevated BP. Some evidence supports the use of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) in identifying high-risk populations.1 Lifestyle and drug interventions in these groups showed beneficial effects for …
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