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.

Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges confronting the Australian health system. More than 300 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one every five minutes.
Diabetes is a serious metabolic condition that if not effectively managed will result in consistently high blood sugar levels, multi-system organ damage (notably the heart, nerves, kidneys, and eyes) and significant morbidity and mortality.
Diabetes is primarily a result of:
  • 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).
Type 2 diabetes is the most common and preventable form of the condition, and on average will develop in adults over the age of 45 (although cases are increasingly occurring in younger age groups, including children, adolescents, and young adults).

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Common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes

Your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is influenced by:

  • age (>45 years)
  • gender (male)
  • ethnicity
  • family history of diabetes
  • previous high blood sugar reading(s)
  • high blood pressure requiring treatment
  • smoking
  • 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
So, if you are aged between 40-49 years, our independent doctors recommend you:
  • 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.
Please note:
  • 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?

An appointment takes 45-60 minutes but could make a world of difference to your future health.
One of our practice nurses or independent GPs will:
  • 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.
Depending on the results of your assessment, you may also be eligible for further government-funded plans, including:

Diabetes Check - Healthy Lifestyle

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.



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Contact reception or speak to your doctor and ask specifically for a 40-49 Diabetes Risk Health Assessment. Your future self will thank you!

Dr Margaret Hall