The purpose of screening is to find and treat diseases early. They are given to people who may be at high risk, but who don’t have problems.
During a doctor visit, you will be weighed. Your doctor can also measure your waist.
Screening Guidelines and Tests
All adults should have their blood pressure checked. This can be done during a doctor visit. If it’s under 120/80 mm Hg, you can go 2 years until your next check. If it’s higher, you should be checked yearly.
A fasting blood cholesterol test measures more than one type. If your levels are too high, you should be checked again within a year.
You can go 2 to 5 years if your levels are in a normal range.
The American Diabetes Association says testing should start at age 45 years. If your levels are in a normal range, you can wait 3 years to be tested again.
You can be tested at any age for being overweight with one or more of these:
- People in your family have the same problems
- Ethnic background or race—Black, or Native or Asian American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
- History of diabetes while you were pregnant , or birth of baby weighing over 9 pounds
- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome
- History of heart problems
People with prediabetes should be tested every year.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 08/27/2018 -