Find out soon if you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, because early treatment can prevent serious problems. Your doctor can tell you if your blood sugar is normal or if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes with a simple blood test.
Who should see their doctor about diabetes?
- Anyone age 45 or older, especially if overweight
- Anyone younger than 45, overweight, and who has at least one of these diabetes risk factors:
- You have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
- You are American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
- You had gestational diabetes, or had a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
- You have heart disease, high blood pressure, or abnormal cholesterol
- You don’t exercise very often
- You have polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS- women only
- You have pre-diabetes (impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance)
- You have a dark, velvety rash around neck or armpits (called Acanthosis nigricans)
No matter who you are, it’s never too early to talk to your doctor about diabetes and how to prevent it. Take our Diabetes Risk Score to help you learn your risk of diabetes, and explore this site to find out ways to prevent or delay diabetes.
If you need help paying for a doctor visit, see where to go for help.
Take control of your health care and ask your doctor questions. Check out “ Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the Doctor” before your next appointment!