When Should I Be Tested for Diabetes?

Regular screenings for diabetes are an essential part of an effective preventative healthcare routine.

You know you need screenings for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and colon cancer – but did you know that testing for diabetes is also recommended for all patients? Unmanaged diabetes can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular health, along with putting you at risk for stroke, kidney disease, hearing loss, and vision problems. Use these guidelines to ensure you don't miss an important screening.

If You're Over 45

All adults over 45 should be tested for type 2 diabetes at least every three years, especially if they are overweight. Talk to your doctor about whether this frequency is right for you.

If You're Under 45

Diabetes screenings may need to start earlier if you are obese and possess other risk factors, such as:

  • A family history of diabetes
  • A history of gestational diabetes
  • Giving birth to a baby who is over 9 lbs.
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels

If You're Pregnant

Screening for gestational diabetes should be a part of every woman's prenatal care. Gestational diabetes can develop in anyone, even if you are making healthy choices and have no risk factors for the disease.

If You're Experiencing Symptoms

Additional tests may need to be conducted if you start to notice symptoms. Warning signs may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Don't wait any longer! Find out if you have diabetes with a simple screening. If you need a physician referral or an appointment, give the Medical Center of Arlington a call at 1-855-868-6262.

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