[Screening and prevention of diabetes]

Internist (Berl). 2015 Oct;56(10):1124-33. doi: 10.1007/s00108-015-3737-5.
[Article in German]


A valid and efficient screening for individual diabetes risk is a highly welcomed tool in primary care and specialist medical practice. It is needed to detect early stages of diabetes risk and prediabetes and to start interventions that have the aim to prevent diabetes and also other chronic diseases from developing. The oral glucose tolerance test is the gold standard, but it is difficult to perform in an evidence-based manner in primary care. Furthermore, measuring fasting and 2-h postprandial glucose values detects only late stages of the pathophysiological development of type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, the 1-h glucose value is highly predictive of future diabetes risk, but is rarely used in primary care. Therefore, risk scores are commonly used to evaluate diabetes risk, but unfortunately, they generally do not mirror the relevance of increased risk due to the person's own lifestyle. Measuring waist circumference is another possibility, because the waist is directly associated with the amount of visceral fat, which again directly correlates with the pathophysiology of diabetes development. A further possibility is the EZSCAN™ technology. The EZSCAN™ is based on reverse iontophoresis, a new technology to detect very early forms of peripheral neuropathies, which are commonly associated with early diabetes risk stages. It is important to perform diabetes screening in a targeted manner, in both medical and paramedical environments, and it is mandatory to add targeted interventions, based on the screening evaluated diabetes risk.

Keywords: Diabetes risk; Iontophoresis; Oral glucose tolerance test; Questionnaires; Waist circumference.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control*
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mammography / statistics & numerical data*
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Sensitivity and Specificity