Diabetes screening using BP misses more than half of cases

07/19/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's diabetes screening criteria using a blood pressure threshold of 135 mmHg/80 mmHg had 44.4% sensitivity in detecting the disorder, according to an analysis in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "It is clearly time to reevaluate the current USPSTF criteria for diabetes screening in order to evaluate and make recommendations that can stem the tide of the diabetes epidemic and reduce the risk of complications in those diagnosed with the disease," study authors noted.

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