According to the American Diabetes Association, over 9% of the U.S. population has diabetes. 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease annually. Recent statistics place diabetes as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Untreated diabetes has dire consequences. It is critical to diagnose the disease early to begin treatment and prevent complications. According to the American Diabetes Association, all patients should be screened for diabetes every three years, beginning at age 45. If you have certain risk factors, or a family history of diabetes, we may recommend more frequent screening.
What to Expect
Diabetes screening is conducted via a blood test. Specifically, we will be measuring your blood sugar level. We will take a small sample of your blood, usually via a vein in your arm. We generally begin with a blood test that does not require fasting, or refraining from food and beverage (other than water) for a window of time before the test. But, for some patients with unique situations or complications, fasting will be required. You will know ahead of time if fasting is indicated. Screenings can be scheduled ahead of time.
Your blood test will be sent to our professional laboratory partner for analysis. Typically we have results within a couple of business days.
Contact Connections Primary Care today to discuss your risk factors for diabetes.