Having a type 2 diabetes test is the only way to definitively prove the existence of the disease. Because diabetes affects so many millions of people world wide, it is recommended that anyone over the age of 45 have a type 2 diabetes test performed by their doctor.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The disease can develop at any age; in fact, the reported incidence of type 2 diabetes in children is growing rapidly.
If you are experiencing diabetes type 2 symptoms or have any concerns about the disease, visit your doctor who will order a type 2 diabetes test such as:
If diabetes is detected, your doctor will see you regularly to help you control your blood sugar levels and avoid health complications. During these routine office visits your doctor may order an additional type 2 diabetes test or exam to monitor your disease, this may include:
"People who are overweight and inactive are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Treatment includes taking diabetes medicines, making wise food choices, exercising regularly, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and taking aspirin daily—for some" (1).
If you are concerned that you may have developed this condition, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your doctor who will perform a type 2 diabetes test. An early diagnosis and proper management of blood sugar levels can allow you to live a successful life with diabetes.
(1) National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (2008). Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes. Retrieved from http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/riskfortype2/