Early identification of people at high risk of type 2 diabetes or with type 2 diabetes

Diabetes UK

The need for early identification

  • Many people with type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. People with type 2 diabetes may have the condition for 5–10 years before diagnosis—by the time they are diagnosed, 50% of people have evidence of complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy or arterial disease
  • Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG)—also collectively known as prediabetes, are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Early management can reduce progression to diabetes by up to 60%

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