03 July 2009


If you are 40 years or older, see your doctor for a fasting blood glucose test. If your test is normal and you do not have any of the risk factors for diabetes, repeat your test every 3 years.

Go for a fasting blood glucose test at a younger age, e.g. 30 years and above if you have risk factors for diabetes like obesity or a history of gestational diabetes. If your test is normal, you may repeat your test every 3 years or more often e.g. every year.

If you are found to have impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose level, repeat your test every year.

If you already have the symptoms or signs of diabetes, see your doctor for a blood glucose test as soon as possible.


Are you at Risk ?

Use the questionnaire below to assess your risk of getting diabetes. if your Answer YES to any to the questions, you are at risk and should be tested for diabetes.

1. Do you have a parent or sibling suffering from diabetes?
2. Is your Body Mass Indekx (BMI) 23.okg/m2 or higher?
3. Are you physically inactive (i.e. exercise at moderate intensity less than 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes per day)?
4. Are you the mother of a child who was over 4 kg (9 lbs.) at birth?
5. Do you have any of the symptoms of diabetes?
6. Are you suffering from high blood pressure, abnormal blood cholesterol/lipid levels, or coronary heart disease?
7. Do you belong to Malay or Indian ethnicity?

* The more questions you answer "YES" to, the higher is your risk for getting diabetes.

Hopefully useful,
Source: Health Promotion Board (3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937 )

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