How often should you get your blood sugar checked?
Your risk factors determine whether you should be screened annually or every three years.
Having high blood sugar puts you at risk for many conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. So it's important to check your blood sugar levels to stay healthy. "It's better to pick up increased levels earlier rather than later. When you intervene earlier, anything you do for treatment, such as weight loss or medication, will work better," says David M. Nathan, a Harvard Medical School professor and the director of the Diabetes Center and Clinical Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.