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Type 2 Diabetes Test

What It Does: Uses one or more small samples of your blood to check for type 2 diabetes. You should be tested if either of these is true:

  • You're age 45 or older.
  • You are overweight, with a BMI of 25 or greater, and you have another risk for diabetes. Other risks for diabetes include having high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes.

How Often: At your physical exam each year.


Nutrition Counseling

What It Does: Helps people at risk for chronic diseases make healthy food choices and lower their risk for health problems related to diet, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers
  • Bone loss

How Often: At your physical exam each year. The counseling can be from a primary care doctor, nutritionist, dietitian, or other specialist.


HIV Test

What It Does: Uses a small sample of your blood to test for HIV, an infection that can lead to AIDS.

You also may receive counseling before and after the test to help you:

  • Learn about the HIV test
  • Learn how to prevent HIV
  • Learn what your test results mean

How Often:

  • At least once in your lifetime between the ages of 15 to 65.
  • When you're pregnant.
  • For people at high risk, once every 12 months, no matter what age you are.
  • For people at very high risk, every 3 to 6 months, no matter what age you are.

You doctor can help you decide how often is appropriate for you.


Immunization Vaccines

What It Does: Protects against certain diseases:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes zoster
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (flu shot)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia shot)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
  • Varicella (shingles vaccine)

How Often: You can get a flu shot each year. You get other vaccines at certain ages as a booster or as needed depending on your risk factors.

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