Is Online Prediabetes Screening Reliable?
Here at Diabetes Flashpoints, we’ve previously discussed some of the controversy surrounding a diagnosis of prediabetes — elevated blood glucose that isn’t high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. As we noted in that post, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is virtually alone in recognizing prediabetes as a condition — the World Health Organization, for example, discourages use of the term and provides no diagnostic criteria. But due to the ADA’s influence worldwide, more and more doctors both in and outside the United States appear to be diagnosing prediabetes. Now, it seems that the ADA — in partnership with other American medical organizations — is doubling down on its emphasis of the dangers of prediabetes. A few months ago, it teamed up with the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ad Council to create an online quiz that aims to estimate a person’s risk of developing prediabetes. The seven-question test asks participants about their gender, family history of diabetes, blood pressure, age, ethnicity, physical activity, and height and weight. As the home page of the quiz notes, “1 in 3 American adult Continue reading >>