Prediabetes Screening: How and Why?
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Most don’t know know it. Having prediabetes means that you are at an increased risk of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
You could have prediabetes if you have:
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
Your risk goes up if you are overweight, and/or over age 45.
The Science of Prediabetes
Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas and released into the bloodstream. When the body breaks down carbohydrates from the food we eat into glucose, also known as blood sugar, insulin helps the body’s cells absorb the glucose and use it for energy.
If the cells that respond to insulin lose sensitivity, a condition known as insulin resistance develops. When people have insulin resistance, although the body still produces insulin, it is not used effectively, causing glucose to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by cells. This increase in blood glucose leads to prediabetes, and eventually type 2 diabetes, if left untreated.
The American Diabetes Association recommends one of the 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes:
- Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test
- Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
- Oral glucose tolerance (OGTT) test
We offer all 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes at our clinics. No appointment is necessary and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.