40-49-Year-Old Diabetes Risk Health Assessment
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing and it’s important to know the risks. If you are aged 40 to 49, you may be eligible for a free risk assessment.
- the pancreas not producing enough insulin (Type 1 – early onset) or
- the body not responding adequately to the insulin being produced (Type 2 – mature onset).
Common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes
Your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is influenced by:
- age (>45 years)
- gender (male)
- family history of diabetes
- previous high blood sugar reading(s)
- high blood pressure requiring treatment
- unbalanced diet/limited physical activity.
Take charge to make a difference
The good news is that early screening, detection, and treatment (if required) of diabetes can:
- lessen the severity
- prevent the onset or delay the progression
- Take the short online Diabetes Risk Assessment (AUSDRISK) Test here to determine your relative risk of developing diabetes.
- If you score over 12, make an appointment for a Medicare-funded 40-49 Diabetes Risk Health Assessment.
- If you identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, the age criteria for this health assessment is 15-54 years.
What does a 40-49 Diabetes Risk Health Assessment involve?
- update your medical history
- ask questions to assess your current health and identify risk factors for developing diabetes
- complete a brief physical examination to measure your weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood sugar (additional tests may be required if requested by your doctor)
- take a blood test (depending on the outcome of your assessment)
- provide you with practical advice and information on how to make lifestyle changes that will improve your health and reduce your risk of developing diabetes or chronic disease in the future.
Can I have a Medicare-funded Diabetes Risk Health Assessment more than once?
Yes. If you continue to meet the criteria you will be eligible for a Medicare-funded Diabetes Risk Assessment every three years.
I am 45 years of age, am I also eligible for a Medicare-funded 45-49 Health Check?
Yes, however, it must not be within 12 months of a Diabetes Risk Health Assessment.