The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone 45 years and older should be checked for abnormal blood glucose (diabetes). If you are younger than 45 years old but have multiple risk factors, you should also be checked for diabetes. Major risk factors include: a family history of diabetes, obesity, certain ethnic backgrounds (e.g., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders). Even if not overweight, you should go see your doctor if you have multiple risk factors. It is very important to check for diabetes and be aware of your blood glucose levels. Early detection and lifestyle adjustments leads to a greater chance of avoiding the complications of diabetes.
Learn more about risk factors at American Diabetes Association web site:
- Diagnosing Diabetes and Learning about Prediabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
- My Health Advisor: Online tool for calculating your risks for several health problems
Campos-Outcalt, Doug. “USPSTF update: Screening for abnormal blood glucose, diabetes.” The Journal Of Family Practice 7.65 (2016): 481-83. Print.