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    Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Adults - Topic Overview

    If you are age 45 or older, the American Diabetes Association recommends that you get tested for diabetes every 3 years.1 The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends diabetes testing for people who have blood pressure higher than 135/80.2 Talk with your doctor about what is putting you at risk and how often you need to be tested.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for prediabetes-which may lead to type 2 diabetes-if you:1

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    • Are overweight and are age 45 or older. Get checked for prediabetes during your next routine office visit.
    • Are at a healthy weight and are age 45 or older. During a routine office visit, ask your doctor if testing is appropriate.
    • Are younger than 45 and overweight-your body mass index (BMI) is 25 or greater-and you have one or more other things that put you at risk for type 2 diabetes. These include:
    • Are overweight and get little or no exercise and want to help reduce your risk for getting type 2 diabetes.

    For more information, see the topic Type 2 Diabetes.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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