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New Guidelines Boost Diabetes Screening For Overweight Adults
Kaiser Health News

More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released this week by a panel of prevention experts. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket for it.

“Obesity and overweight have been risk factors all along for diabetes,” says Dr. Wanda Filer, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “But we haven’t had guidelines that actually said, ‘Screen those folks.’”

Under the health law, insurers have to cover preventive services that receive a grade of A or B from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts, without charging patients.