Glucose Screening for Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone used to convert food into energy. It is a chronic disease that can be detected by measuring blood sugar (also called glucose) levels.
Life Line Screening offers a glucose screening to help detect type 2 diabetes. This simple finger-stick test measures blood sugar levels following 8 hours of fasting. It is used to help identify diabetes, as well as to monitor blood sugar control in patients already diagnosed with the disease.
What you can learn
Glucose/Type 2 diabetes screening is a simple way for you to learn if your blood sugar is normal, moderately high, or very high.
- If your glucose level is <5.6 mmol/l, this indicates a low probablity of diabetes. Remember, glucose is only one indicator of diabetes risk. Obesity, family history, ethnicity, age, blood pressure, and cholesterol are also risk factors that should be considered when assessing your overall diabetes risk.
- If your glucose level is between 5.6 and 6.0 mmol/l, there is a probability of impaired fasting glycaemia - and a level between 6.1 and 11.0 mmol/l indicates a probability of diabetes. You may have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, but can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes. If your results show that you have pre-diabetes, we will recommend you see your GP to fully evaluate your risk for diabetes.
- If your glucose level is 11.1 mmol/l, there is a high probability of diabetes. This is a serious condition that puts you at risk for stroke, heart disease, and other serious health problems. However, there are many ways to manage diabetes and prevent other complications. We will recommend you see your doctor to fully evaluate your risk for diabetes.
Who should have it?
People aged 45 and over should have a glucose test every 3 years. Adults with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels should also be screened for diabetes. Anyone with risk factors for diabetes should have this screening.
How often should you get screened?
People aged 45 and over should have a glucose test every 3 years. Many of our customers have this diabetes screening as part of their regular healthcare regime.
How to prepare
You must fast for 8 hours prior to your glucose-diabetes screening.
Call us on 1800 936 386 to Book a Screening Today.