Screening Guidelines for Diabetes

Part of the 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 over age 45 should be tested every three years if otherwise 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 over 9 pounds or had gestational diabetes.

    • They have high blood pressure.

    • They have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides.

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