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Screening Guidelines for Diabetes

By Alan L. Rubin

Part of Diabetes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The American Diabetes Association created guidelines to screen for diabetes at the earliest possible appropriate time. Take a look at these guidelines to find out when to get tested for diabetes:

  • People with symptoms of thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss are tested immediately.

  • People older than age 45 should be tested every three years if normal.

  • People should be tested at a younger age and more often if:

    • They are obese.

    • They have a parent or sibling with diabetes.

    • They are from a high-risk group, such as African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American.

    • They have delivered a baby more than 9 pounds or had gestational diabetes.

    • They have high blood pressure.

    • They have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides.