The National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone age 45 or older consider getting tested for diabetes. However, if you answer yes to any of these items, you may be vulnerable. A fasting blood glucose test or an oral glucose tolerance test from your doctor is all it takes to measure your glucose levels.
My body mass index is 25 or higher (23 or higher for Asian Americans and 26 or higher for Pacific Islanders). Find out your BMI here.
I have a parent, brother, or sister who has diabetes.
I have had gestational diabetes while pregnant, or I gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
I have been told that my blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or I have been told I have high blood pressure.
My HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) is less than 35 mg/dL, or my triglyceride level is higher than 250 mg/dL.
I am physically active fewer than 3 times a week.
I have been told I have blood vessel problems affecting my heart, brain, or legs.
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