There are some signs and symptoms of diabetes, and there is testing available with us here at Hometown Urgent Care. We’re your local provider of diabetes screening in Dyersburg, TN. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today if you believe you need our services; we can get you in for an appointment very soon.
When should you be tested for diabetes?
You might be worried that you’re experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes, and this may be reason enough to look into getting tested. Signs and symptoms can vary depending on how much your blood sugar is elevated. People with diabetes, especially prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, might not experience any symptoms at all, or people with type 1 diabetes may experience quick and severe symptoms. Some of the possible symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are:
- Frequent urination
- An overall increase in your thirst
- An overall increase in your hunger
- Weight loss you can’t explain
- Blurred vision
- Sores that seem to heal slowly
- Constant infections, like skin infections
- The presence of ketones in your urine
Also, factors like a family history of diabetes, weight, inactivity, age, high blood pressure, and some other risk factors may put you at a higher risk of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends these people be screened for diabetes:
- People with a body mass index above 25 (23 for Asian-Americans), and who have additional risk factors
- People older than 45 years old
- Women who have had gestational diabetes
- People diagnosed with prediabetes
What is a diabetic screening?
The earlier you see a doctor about your symptoms, the sooner you can be treated, and the longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the higher risk you’ll have of serious complications like cardiovascular disease. Diabetes screening will evaluate your symptoms and blood sugar to determine whether you have the condition.
To diagnose type 1 or type 2 diabetes, a professional will typically use a blood screening test to measure blood sugar levels. The different tests for this are the glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, the random blood sugar test, the fasting blood sugar test, and the oral glucose tolerance test. Also, if type 1 diabetes is suspected, the professional may test your urine or test for the destructive immune system cells that are associated with type 1 diabetes. To test for gestational diabetes, an initial glucose challenge test and a follow-up glucose tolerance test will be done.
How do I get a diabetes screening?
The aforementioned tests are available at doctors’ clinics and urgent care clinics. Hometown Urgent Care offers the tests and can see you on an appointment or walk-in basis, so you can come see us today, if you like, for a test right away!
Do you offer diabetes screening tests in Dyersburg, TN?
Yes, we do. Hometown Urgent Care is located over at 2550 Parr Ave, Dyersburg, TN 38024. As an urgent care center, we’re available anytime Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm, or Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm. You can come by for your test or, if you’d prefer to, you can call us at (731) 325-5678 for an appointment. You’re also more than welcome to call us with any questions you have for us about diabetes testing or our clinic.
We look forward to speaking with you soon!