Screening 'Test' Gauges Diabetes Risk
Questionnaire Looks at Age, Gender, Weight, and Lifestyle
The researchers recommend that you see your doctor if your score is
Lead author Heejung Bang, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical College, and
colleagues didn't take the screening tool lightly. They analyzed data on 5,258
people, looking at their height, weight, and common risk factors, gathered
through interviews, physical exams, and laboratory tests.
"We developed a screening score that can be used in a wide variety of
community settings and clinical encounters," the authors write. "We believe it
has good feasibility characteristics," is simple and takes very little time.
"We see our screening score as a method of identifying persons in need of
formal diabetes screening and of calling more attention to pre-diabetes."
The researchers say more than 60 million U.S. adults are estimated to have
diagnosed diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, or prediabetes -- with about 30% of
diabetes patients being undiagnosed.