Diabetes Screening

Friday, June 18, 2010

A study found that checking for blood sugar disease early cut complications and costs of the disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Early screening for type 2 diabetes not only saves lives, but it could save money in the long run through early intervention.

A new study shows that starting screening for diabetes between the ages of 30 and 45 would prevent a significant number of heart attacks, deaths and diabetes-related health complications and add years of healthy living.

In the study, researchers used information from a representative sample of the U.S. population for people age 30 without diabetes and then used a computer model to compare eight diabetes screening methods against no screening.

Once type 2 diabetes was diagnosed it was treated in the standard manner, and researchers estimated the impact of treatment.

The results showed that compared with no diabetes screening, all of the diabetes screening strategies reduced the number of heart attacks, prevented diabetes-related complications, added additional healthy life years and prevented some diabetes-related deaths.

Researchers believe the study proves that screening for diabetes should be combined with current blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.