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Prediabetes

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Take the Test and Know Your Score!

If you have not been diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, you should complete the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test (Citation) each year or as recommended by your health care professional. This screener is used to asses risk for prediabetes, but it is not diagnostic. Learn more about prediabetes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If your score is 3 to 8 points

This means your risk is probably low for having prediabetes now. Keep your risk low. If you're overweight, lose weight. Be active most days, and don't use tobacco. Eat low-fat meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, talk to your health care provider about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

If your score is 9 or more points

This means your risk is high for having prediabetes now. Please make an appointment with your health care provider soon.

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Know that you're not alone. Changes are you're not the only one in your family, circle of friends or community who is managing your risk for this disease. Finding out if you're at risk is an important first step in being healthy. Getting help is the next step:

  • Individual or group health insurance members: See your health care provider. If you don't have a provider, visit your insurance plan's website to find a doctor in your area. Most insurance providers have a "Find Doctor" feature on their websites.
  • Medicaid members: See your health care provider. If you don't have a provider, contact a state Medicaid office or contact your local health department.
  • Medicare members: See your health care provider. Medicare will pay the cost of testing if the provider has a reason for testing. If you don't have a provider, contact your local health department. Here are some additional online tools to help you find a doctor or nurse in your community:
    • National Medical Association (NMA) Physician Locator. The NMA represents African American doctors, and can help you find an African American doctor in your area.
    • HRSA Health Centers. Contact HRSA to make an appointment (877-464-4772). HRSA provides care even if you have no health insurance. Open weekdays 8am to 8pm Eastern Time (except federal holidays).

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