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Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Adults

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Doctors follow guidelines from experts to decide when to test adults for type 2 diabetes. Talk with your doctor about your risk for type 2 diabetes and how often you need to be tested.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends testing for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight or obese and are age 35 to 70.1

The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes or prediabetes at least every 3 years for:2

People who have prediabetes need to be tested for diabetes every year.



  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2021). Screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA, 326(8): 736–743. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2021.12531. Accessed September 21, 2021.
  2. American Diabetes Association (2022). Standards of medical care in diabetes—2022. Diabetes Care, 45(Suppl 1): S1–S259. Accessed January 3, 2022.

Credits for Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Adults

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Matthew I. Kim MD - Endocrinology
David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology

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