Diabetes test call for over-40s

16 July 2012 09:16

The healthcare watchdog has called for all adults aged 40 and above to have a risk assessment for type 2 diabetes

The healthcare watchdog has called for all adults aged 40 and above to have a risk assessment for type 2 diabetes

All adults aged 40 or over should be assessed for type 2 diabetes, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has said.

The healthcare watchdog also stated that people aged 25 and above of South Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or Black African descent, who are at higher risk, should undertake an assessment.

Carrying out the assessments would mean those at high risk of developing the condition could be offered early advice to help them delay its onset or even prevent it altogether, according to the watchdog.

People are able to carry out the risk assessments themselves online or they can be checked out at their local GP surgery or community pharmacy, with Nice advising anyone identified as high risk to ask for a blood test at their surgery to confirm the level of risk.

Anyone heading away on a well-earned foreign holiday who lives with a diagnosed condition is advised to shop around for appropriate pre-existing medical travel insurance if necessary, in order to ensure suitable protection.

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