How Do You Know If You Are At A High Risk of Getting Diabetes?
By Winston P. McDonald
Diabetes Milletus or simply Diabetes affects about three out of every ten people and the ratio only gets higher than the present 24 million diabetics with the practice of poor and unhealthy lifestyle. About 600,000 of these affected individuals are not even aware of their condition. The most common type of Diabetes is Type 2 Diabetes. Lifestyle practices in diet, fitness, and exercise has become less disciplined and more susceptible to catching Type 2 Diabetes. If you are guilty of an unhealthy lifestyle, then put yourself in the list of becoming a possible diabetic. So how do you know if you are susceptible to Diabetes?
Get yourself tested for blood sugar to detect your risk of Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes can be detected early with the signs of prediabetes. Prediabetes cases has also become very prevalent and will become Type 2 Diabetes in the next ten years. Prediabetes is the gray area or borderline between acceptable blood sugar level and diabetic sugar level measurements. Some signs of prediabetes are almost similar to actual Diabetes including: predisposed genetics, overweight, abnormal sugar levels from prior testing, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and has sedentary lifestyle.
Factory produced goods in the grocery market too much sugar in them for consumption but the general public has accepted them for preparing convenient meals. The younger generation is so used to instant solutions that even staying fit and healthy should only take hours off their time. This leads to minimal or no fitness regimens in the end that least to gradual increase in weight gain. Obesity has become more apparent and these overweight people are at even higher risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes. Even kids and teens are at risk of getting prediabetes in these days. If you feel that you are at risk, then consult your doctor as soon as possible or stick with at least an annual over-all medical check up when you reach the age of 40.
If your doctor suspects that you are at risk in contracting Diabetes, he will usually recommend three types of blood testing. One test type is called FPG or the Fasting Plasma Glucose in which you will be fasting overnight and will be extracted sample blood first thing in the morning. Normal levels range from 99mg/dL and below, prediabetes level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL and presence of 126 mg/dL or more means you are diabetic. OGTT or Oral glucose tolerance test requires you to fast for eight hours, then take a blood sample, followed by consuming a sugary drink and then take a blood sample two hours later again and then have the blood samples read after two hours. Normal levels range from 139mg/dL and below, prediabetes level is 140 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL and presence of 200 mg/dL or more means you are diabetic. The last test type is called a HbA1C or Hemoglobin A1C Test in which you are just required to give a blood sample from your arm’s veins. Prediabetes levels reflect 5.7 to 6.4 percent while Diabetic levels register to 6.5 or higher.
Sure methods of finding out if you are at risk of getting diabetes is to have a lifestyle check, consulting your doctor, and finally getting any one of the tests indicated above for valid confirmation.