Diabetes Screening

You can also be screened for Diabetes at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. People with diabetes may not have any symptoms, so Diabetes screening tests are important. If you have diabetes (type 1 or type 2), screening for early diagnosis is essential. "The earlier your doctor diagnose diabetes, the better chance you will have to decrease your risk of developing diabetes complications, treating it appropriately, and help you to stay healthy. 

People with type 2 Diabetes can go undiagnosed for three to four years or more, making screening an important tool for catching it.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that adults age 45 and older get screened for type 2 Diabetes every three years by their health care provider.

 

A quick and easy finger-stick to check blood sugar levels Diabetes Screening

You may need earlier or more frequent diabetes screening if you are overweight and have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of diabetes (a parent or sibling with the disease)

Sedentary lifestyle

  • If you are of African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander ancestry

  • History of blood glucose problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Cholesterol problems

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

  • History of vascular disease

The diabetes screening recommendations is that at some point, adults should begin getting regularly screened for type 2 Diabetes, especially if they are at high risk of developing the disease.