Screen at 23

Screen At 23

Because appropriate testing for Asian Americans would reveal hundreds of thousands of diabetes and prediabetes patients.

Asian Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes at a lower body mass index.

The general rule has been that if you have a body mass index below 25, you aren’t at risk for diabetes. Research on Asian Americans, however, proves different. The American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control have all recently acknowledged that Asian Americans should be screened for diabetes at a lower body mass index, and 23 is that number.

More than half of Asian Americans with type 2 diabetes, and even more with prediabetes, are undiagnosed; there isn’t enough awareness among patients and providers of this appropriate guideline. To treat, intervene, and even prevent diabetes, we need to first ensure that it is revealed. That means making doctors and patients aware that a body mass index of 23 is a risk factor to consider for screening diabetes in an Asian American patient.

Know your risk: Screen at 23 using this tool, and talk to your health provider.

If we can make doctors and patients aware of the need to Screen at 23, we can make that happen.


Check out the Resources section for more information including the Screen at 23 package, sign on to the campaign as an official supporter, and become a diabetes advocate by spreading this message.


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