As noted in an article just published by JAMA Network, unchecked spread has put prediabetes and diabetes at “epidemic levels” in the United States. With the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force having lowered the age at which it’s advisable to start screening patients to 35, this begs the question as to whether it’s time for urgent care centers to become more proactive in assessing patients for diabetes. While too-high blood sugar is often an incidental finding in urgent care, providers in this setting are no strangers to its consequences in patients who present with related complaints. JUCM’s archive has a wealth of content on the subject. For a specifically urgent care perspective, read A Case of Late-Onset Diabetes, Diabetic Emergencies in the Urgent Care Setting, and Original Research: Early Diabetes Screening in the Urgent Care right now.
‘Epidemic’ Diabetes Has Forced Changes in Screening Guidelines. What Is Urgent Care Doing?