Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions particularly among African-Americans seen in medical practice yet many patients at risk for or with early diabetes go undiagnosed. The A1c test, which measures average blood glucose levels for a period of up to 3 months, has now come of age for the identification of individuals at risk and those with diabetes. This simple blood test can be done at any time.
Consult your doctor or health provider about this test.
The American Diabetes Association has updated its recommendations regarding the diagnosis of diabetes as follows:
An A1c level between 5.7% and 6.4% are pre diabetic and at risk An A1c level of 6.5% or more have diabetes type 2 The standard blood glucose testing is also an accepted criteria for diagnosing diabetes.
Females with diabetes during pregnancy known as gestational diabetes and those who delivery babies greater than 9 pounds are at risk for developing diabetes as they age and gain weight.
The key is to identify a pre-diabetic state early. Know your risk before diabetes strikes. Obtain appropriate counseling and data on family history and therapeutic lifestyle changes.
If you are overweight you are at increased risk for developing diabetes.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly even if it’s walking the dog in the morning or evening. If you smoke – stop – now. Get to know your ideal weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) and maintain that range.
Don’t wait for diabetes to strike before you act.
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