Screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults: recommendations and rationale

Ann Intern Med. 2003 Feb 4;138(3):212-4. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-3-200302040-00014.


This statement summarizes the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes in adults and updates the 1996 recommendations on this topic. The complete USPSTF recommendation and rationale statement on this topic, which includes a brief review of the supporting evidence, is available through the USPSTF Web site ( ) and the National Guideline Clearinghouse ( ) and in print through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Publications Clearinghouse (call 800-358-9295 or e-mail ). The complete information on which this statement is based, including evidence tables and references, is available in the accompanying article in this issue and in the summary of the evidence and systematic evidence review on this topic on the Web sites already mentioned. The summary of the evidence is also available in print through the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / complications
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Mass Screening*
  • Risk Factors