Study: 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. The authors called for the criteria to be reconsidered and argued that a risk-based screening method is warranted to "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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