When should asymptomatic adults be screened for type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Answer

Indications for diabetes screening in asymptomatic adults includes the following [2, 3] :

  • Sustained blood pressure >135/80 mm Hg

  • Overweight and 1 or more other risk factors for diabetes (eg, first-degree relative with diabetes, BP >140/90 mm Hg, and HDL < 35 mg/dL and/or triglyceride level >250 mg/dL)

  • ADA recommends screening at age 45 years in the absence of the above criteria

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