Most Americans have at least one friend, family member, or coworker with diabetes, yet most are unaware of the dangers of the disease. Diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke, and it’s the main cause of blindness in adults.
Get Screened for Diabetes
Statistics show that 1 out of every 13 Americans has diabetes, and twenty-five percent of those people aren’t yet aware they have the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, someone is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States every 20 seconds.
It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor and learn whether you should be tested for diabetes. How frequently people are tested for diabetes depends on their age and risk factors for the condition.
You may be at increased risk for diabetes if any of the following are true:
- You’re older than 45 years of age
- You’re overweight
- You don’t exercise regularly
- Your parent, brother or sister has diabetes
How is Diabetes Diagnosed?
Diabetes is most often diagnosed by a test known as the fasting glucose test. After a person has fasted overnight for at least eight hours, a single sample of blood is drawn and sent to the laboratory for analysis or tested right in the doctor’s office with a glucose meter.
The oral glucose tolerance test is another method of screening for diabetes. After a person has fasted overnight, their fasting plasma glucose is tested. After the test, the person receives 75 grams of glucose —100 grams for pregnant women—typically in a sweet-tasting liquid that the person drinks. Blood samples are taken at specific intervals to measure the blood glucose.
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The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.