With proper nutrition and education, diabetes can be delayed or prevented. Health screenings – including diabetes risk assessments – help you stay one step ahead in living a healthy life. These assessments are recommended for people who have a high risk for the condition.
Goshen Health is dedicated to keeping our communities healthy and disease-free. That’s why our primary care providers offer important preventive screenings, including diabetes tests. Call (574) 364-2746 to schedule your screening.
What is a diabetes test?
Diabetes screenings measure your blood glucose level, or blood sugar level. If your blood sugar levels are too high, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, an important hormone for energy production.
Providers at Goshen Health use the following screenings to check for diabetes:
- Fasting plasma glucose – The main screening for diabetes, it’s the fastest and easiest way to screen for diabetes.
- Oral glucose tolerance test – A blood test that’s repeated after a fasting plasma glucose screening.
- A1C (also called hemoglobin A1C) – This test measures the percentage of glycated hemoglobin in your blood that shows average blood glucose levels over the past three months.
- Diabetic foot screening – A visual examination of your feet that checks for sensation, bruises, rashes and holes – all signs of poor circulation, a common symptom of Type 2 diabetes.
Do I need a diabetes screening?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends healthy adults age 45 and older get a diabetes screening.
Regardless of age, the ADA also recommends screening for people with the following risk factors for diabetes:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol
- A family history of diabetes
- Women with a history of gestational diabetes
- African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander race or ethnicity
Get started with a diabetes test at Goshen Health
Don’t wait to get a diabetes screening. Schedule one today and let us help you take charge of your health.