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Risk assessments for diabetes should be offered widely, says NICE

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4778 (Published 13 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4778
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Risk assessments for type 2 diabetes should be offered to all adults over 40 and those aged 25-39 who are of South Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean, or Black African descent, according to new public health guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

The first stage of this risk assessment could be carried out in GP surgeries as part of the NHS Health Check programme but equally could take place in workplaces, job centres, pharmacies, faith centres, libraries, or shops. NICE says it is not advocating a national screening programme for type 2 diabetes but wants to encourage people to identify their own personal risk and make lifestyle changes that can delay or prevent them from developing the condition.

Preventing type 2 diabetes: risk identification and interventions for individuals at high risk calls for a new accreditation body to oversee effective practice in type 2 diabetes. The proposed body would be facilitated by NICE and involve professional associations, royal colleges, academic centres, and community and voluntary sector organisations. It would conduct research …

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