Study Finds Adding Diabetes Screening to COVID-19 Testing Has Benefits

Integrating rapid diabetes screening into community-based COVID-19 testing sites has the potential to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and entry into care for diabetes, according to JAMA Network Open. Building on an existing community-based COVID-19 testing program, they found that integrating rapid testing for diabetes was feasible, reached low-income Latinx individuals, and identified many persons with prediabetes and diabetes, most of whom lacked access to services in formal health care settings. Leveraging pandemic-related public health responses represents an important opportunity for engaging socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in care for diabetes.