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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.

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

  • 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.

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Last Updated: June 20, 2012
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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