Prediabetes: Am I at Risk?
What is Early Diabetes and Its Risk Factors?
Should I Be Tested for Prediabetes or Diabetes?
- If you are over 45 years and overweight, get tested.
- If your weight is normal but you are over 45 years, ask your doctor.
- If you are under age 45, but overweight with high blood pressure, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, or high triglycerides you may need testing.
- Get tested if you have a family history of diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, or you gave birth to a baby over 9 pounds.
- Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Asian, or American Indian ancestries may need to be tested.
What are the Symptoms of Prediabetes or Diabetes?
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequent infections
- Slow healing cuts or bruises
- Numbness in hands/feet
- Darkened skin areas
How is Prediabetes and Diabetes Diagnosed?
Some of these tests may require that you have not had anything to eat for 12 hours (fasting) and only water to drink, so check with your doctor before you have blood tests completed.The good news is early diabetes is reversible if you take action to lose some weight, eat healthy, and exercise.
What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Diabetes?
- A1C: The A1C test measures your average blood glucose over the past 2 to 3 months; results greater than 6.5% usually results in a diagnosis of diabetes.
- Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG): Diabetes is diagnosed with values greater than or equal to 126 mg/deciliter (dL).
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT): Your blood sugar levels are checked before and 2 hours after you consume a sweet drink; a positive result is over 200 mg/dL.
- Random Plasma Glucose Test: Diabetes is diagnosed with glucose greater than 200 mg/dL.
How Do I Know if I Have Prediabetes?
My Tests Show I Have Prediabetes - What Now?
- Losing about 7% to 10% of your body weight (15 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds).
- Moderate exercise (such as brisk walking, swimming or bicycling) 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days per week.
Is There a Treatment for Prediabetes?
What are the Complications from Having Prediabetes or Diabetes?
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Blindness due to diabetic retinopathy in the eye
- Kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplant
- Nervous system damage (neuropathy)
- Lower-limb amputations
What is the Cost Impact of Diabetes in the U.S. Healthcare System?
Finished: Prediabetes - Am I at Risk?
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