Explore prevent.org

Business & Health


Policy & Advocacy

Clinical Prevention

Community Prevention

Prevention Matters Blog
Prevention Matters Podcast
Diabetes Screening
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

The USPSTF recommends screening for type 2 diabetes in adults with hypertension or hyperlipidemia.
Rating: "B" Recommendation.

(Note: The USPSTF updated this recommendation in 2008. The rankings included recommendations issued through 2004.)


  • Diabetes affects a substantial number of U.S. adults: on the basis of NHANES 1999-2000, a total of 8.3% of people age 20 or older or nearly 17 million people had either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. This percent increased to 19.2% for people age 60 and older.1
  • Non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican Americans have a disproportionately high prevalence of diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites.1
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in adults - United States, 1999-2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35);833-837.