2. Blood Pressure
“High blood pressure is linked to heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. These potential consequences make it important to check your blood pressure regularly,” says Thomas Campbell, MD, physician at St. Joseph Health Primary Care University Drive. Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 mm Hg or below. If you’re within the normal range, experts recommend getting screened at least every two years. If you show a reading above 120/80 mm Hg, your doctor may recommend screening more often.
If you have a high BMI, high blood pressure, or a family history of diabetes, your doctor may want to test you for the condition. The three testing methods to diagnose diabetes are:
- Hemoglobin A1C blood test
- A fasting plasma glucose test
- Oral glucose tolerance test