U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends A1c Screening for Diabetes

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HealthFair provides the recommended A1c test to improve diabetes screening through their community-based screenings.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) amended its recommendation for diabetes screening stating “The USPSTF recommends screening for abnormal blood glucose and type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults who are at increased risk for diabetes.”1 They further state, “Risk factors include age of 45 years or older, overweight or obesity, or a first-degree relative with diabetes.”1

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the USPSTF recommendation and feel it is the right move towards their improving health outcomes initiative.2 In a recent press release, the AMA states “In particular, we are pleased that the Task Force is now recommending the use of hemoglobin A1c testing as a primary method for screening at-risk individuals, since this test provides a rapid and accurate means of testing for both prediabetes and diabetes.”3

The A1C test is a simple finger stick blood test that is used to measure average blood sugar level for the past two to three months instead of blood sugar level at a point in time. If a patient has either type of diabetes then this test is important to show how well they are dealing with their diabetes and also to show if the control plan they are using is effective. The A1C test can also be called glycated hemoglobin testing, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.

Along with more than 30 other tests, HealthFair offers the A1c test as part of a complete health and wellness screening package. Designed to catch individuals at higher risk earlier in the disease process, community-based screenings are becoming more commonplace as hospitals and providers alike look to improve the health of their community.

About HealthFair:

HealthFair is a national health and wellness company that empowers individuals with affordable access to preventive healthcare. The Company’s broad range of preventive tests allows clients to proactively take control of their healthcare through the early detection and management of risk factors that can lead to longer and healthier lives. The Company’s goal is to save and extend lives, reduce costs and improve national healthcare by testing one million participants per year by 2020. For more information, visit http://www.healthfair.com.

1http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementDraft/screening-for-abnormal-glucose-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
2http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/strategic-focus/improving-health-outcomes.page
3http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2014/2014-10-07-improve-diabetes-screening.page

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