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Screening for Type 2 Diabetes
by Karen Schroeder Kassel, MS, RD, MEd
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Prediabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels that are not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. The condition often progresses to type 2 diabetes.
In order to detect prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends the following guidelines:
If the results are normal for both adults and children, the ADA recommends screening again in 3 years.
The HbA1c test is a good indicator of your average blood glucose levels over the past 2-4 months. This test usually does not require any dietary restrictions.
Fasting Plasma Glucose
With this blood test, you need to fast (not eat anything) for at least 8 hours before the test.
Two-Hour Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
After fasting overnight, the doctor tests your glucose level. You are then asked to drink 75 grams of glucose dissolved in water. Two hours later, the doctor tests your glucose level again.
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 8/23/2016
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