Who should be tested for diabetes?
Anyone who recognises that they have a risk factor
- If you think you have diabetes
Everyone, at some point in life, should be tested for diabetes. However, those who have a family history of type 2 diabetes or any other risk factors (eg, old age, obesity, poor diet and low activity levels, stressed lifestyle, etc.) should go for testing regularly.
Type 2 diabetes may not show any symptoms for several years. If you any one of the risk factors then you should get tested as soon as possible.
Pre-diabetes – do you have this?
- Impaired Fasting Glucose
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Testing for risk and for diabetes
- Item 713: Diabetes Risk Assessment for patients aged 40-49
- Item 717: 45 year old health check
- Item 700: 75+ health assessment
- No food or drink for 8-12 hours before test
- Take blood and test glucose levels
- Drink oral glucose
- Test blood two hours later
- Rizwana Kousar, (2010) What is Diabetes?, Community Education Series, Melbourne. Australian Community Centre for Diabetes, 2010