Cost-Effective Screening For Type II Diabetes

Using a computer model of the US population, researchers determined that screening is cost-effective when started between the ages of 30 and 45, with screenings repeated every 3 to 5 years.

Doctors say the screenings could be combined with cholesterol and blood pressure measurements.

More than 23 million Americans are estimated to have type II diabetes.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 30, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    LOL wow... All that means to say it's "cost effective" is that they determined it is less of a monetary loss for the insurance companies if they start screening later than they have been. If there is any question whatsoever, symptomatically or by family history, and you have insurance, USE IT. Diabetes isn't discriminating about age and when left undetected and untreated can become extremely serious. The test is a simple blood test to check your glucose levels after a fasting period of at least 8 hours (they prefer more like 10-12 but if you have reactive hypoglycemia, they will allow less, so ask). I generally just go in the morning if they want it done, so I'm sleeping through that time. Mine's always been fine but they see risk factors and always want to check it yet again whenever I have any draws done. Without insurance, cost will depend on the physician & lab.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    How it the screening done? What is the cost per screening?

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