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Diabetes screenings

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in four of them don’t know they have it. Over 1/3rd of adults have prediabetes and 90% of those do not know they have it.

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What are the signs and symptoms?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need to see your provider to get your blood sugar checked:

  • Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
  • Are very thirsty
  • Lose weight without trying
  • Are very hungry
  • Have blurry vision
  • Have numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Feel very tired
  • Have very dry skin
  • Have sores that heal slowly
  • Have more infections than usual

Are you at risk?

You’re at risk for developing prediabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 years or older
  • Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active less than three times a week
  • Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds
  • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska native

You’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Have prediabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 years or older
  • Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active less than three times a week
  • Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds
  • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska native

Should you get a screening?

Your PCM determines whether you should get a screening. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and/or any symptoms you may be experiencing.