Rocky Mountain Health Advocates

Diabetes screening

What to know before your visit:

Our practitioners provide this service to patients 18 years or older.

What to expect at your visit:

Our practitioners provide this service to patients 18 years or older.

What to expect at your visit:

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.* No appointment necessary.
  2. Your practitioner will review your medical history and perform a risk assessment.
  3. Your practitioner will take a blood sample from your finger to test your blood glucose.
  4. Your practitioner will review your results and provide personalized recommendations.
  5. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.
  6. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus) is a class of metabolic diseases identified by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). High blood glucose can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes–a condition known as prediabetes–as well as diabetes complications. A glucose screening is a blood test that measures the glucose level in your body. Screenings are intended to help diagnose prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is the condition when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not so high as to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the complications of diabetes such as cardiovascular disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 84 million American adults–more than 1 out of 3–may have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90 percent do not know they have it.

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes because it usually begins in childhood. Type 1 diabetes involves insulin therapy. Currently, there is no evidence of interventions that can prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes, so routine screening for type 1 diabetes is generally not recommended.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Because there are often no symptoms in the early stages, it may not get diagnosed for many years. Persons with no diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes are at risk of chronic hyperglycemia. It is a condition associated with long-term damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and blood vessels. Early screening can help people avoid the more severe complications of the disease. There is also a greater likelihood of abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity in individuals with diabetes. At present, no cure exists for type 2 diabetes. However, medical treatment, weight management, nutrition, and exercise can mitigate its effects.

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a form of type 2 diabetes that may develop during pregnancy. High blood sugar levels in a mother also translate through to the placenta and the baby, gestational diabetes must be diagnosed and controlled to protect the baby’s growth and development.

When to screen for diabetes?

Screening is necessary if you have noticed any symptoms associated with diabetes. Some may not experience any symptoms but could be at risk for diabetes through having common risk factors such as:

  • High blood pressure measured equal to or greater than 140/90 in adults.
  • Abnormal cholesterol. High cholesterol levels could be an indicator of diabetes or prediabetes.
  • Being overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or above may be a risk factor for diabetes.
  • Family history of diabetes. Screening is necessary if you have parents or siblings with diabetes.

Testing allows diabetes or prediabetes to be discovered sooner so that you can begin treatment, manage the condition, and prevent complications.Your MinuteClinic provider can help you to understand the diabetes screening test results and make recommendations as it applies to your particular situation. Please note that if you are pregnant, they may direct you to another health care setting.

What is a fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test?

The FPG test measures the blood glucose level at a single point in time. For the most reliable results, FPG testing usually happens in the morning, after fasting for at least eight hours before with nothing by mouth including food or drink. Your MinuteClinic provider will take a blood sample from your finger to test your blood glucose.

Diabetes screening allows prediabetes or diabetes to be discovered sooner and allows for early treatment, management of the condition, and prevention of more serious health issues. Your provider can help you to understand the results of the test and provide personalized recommendations.

  • Please note this service is for patients 18 years or over.
  • A fasting plasma glucose test requires fasting for 8-12 hours before your visit.

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments are strongly encouraged and will receive priority. Walk-ins may be accommodated during the next available appointment opening.