Americans are being asked to get screened for certain diseases earlier in their lives. In August 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday lowered the recommended starting age to screen for Type 2 diabetes from age 40 to 35.
The big picture: The change marks the third time in 2021 the task force has lowered the age recommendation for potentially life-saving screenings.
- In March, the task force recommended lung cancer screenings for people as young as 50. And in May, they recommended people in their 40s get screened for colorectal cancer.