Are You Pre-Diabetic? You Need To Read This: November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

With nearly 30 million people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes, it’s a problem that affects about 10 percent of the population. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 86 million people are at risk of developing the disease, and 3 million are already suffering from pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin. Without the proper amount of insulin, the body’s blood sugar levels remain abnormally high, and you don’t get the energy you need. Pre-diabetes is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. At this stage, blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes.

While diabetes often presents with symptoms like excessive thirst and hunger, extreme fatigue, frequent urination, blurry vision, cuts and bruises that heal slowly, and tingling in the feet and hands, pre-diabetes often doesn’t come with any outward symptoms. The only way to truly diagnose pre-diabetes is to get tested. Tests like Hemoglobin A1c detect pre-diabetes and can also diagnose diabetes or monitor diabetes to make sure it’s managed properly.

Any Lab Test Now can help you take charge of your health by determining whether you are in a pre-diabetic state. A Diabetes Maintenance Panel can be done to monitor any existing diabetic conditions over time, as well as keep an eye on possible complications.

Without proper management, pre-diabetes may turn into Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Diabetes increases your risk for many other health problems, including nerve damage, blindness, stroke, skin infections, kidney disease, high blood pressure and heart disease.

But it’s not all bad news. With the correct treatment and proper management of diabetes, these complications can be prevented or delayed. While diabetes is often a lifelong disease, it can be managed with medication, diet and exercise for a full, healthy life. So if you or a loved one is showing some of the signs of diabetes, these tests can help you and your doctor determine if the disease has developed or if you are at risk of developing full-blown diabetes.

This November, don’t let Diabetes Awareness Month pass without a fight.  Get tested.  Know your numbers.  Take Control of Your Health®.

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It’s November, so it’s Diabetes Awareness Month!

Diabetes has a real effect on daily life for those who have it and most people don’t understand how much of an impact it really has. According to the American Diabetes Association diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.  That’s mind-blowing and heart breaking. Becoming aware of what this disease entails is the first step in understanding what you can do to help. Check out some other myths & facts like this one that the ADA has compiled to educate you and your family about how diabetes seems, and how it really is here.

As of 2013, $245 billion is spent on diagnosed diabetes in the United States. $176 billion is spent for direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. That’s A LOT of money! ANY LAB TEST NOW® can help trim those costs down by offering an alternative to expensive doctor’s visits for monitoring diabetes. Our Diabetes Maintenance Panel will help you and your physician monitor your glucose levels and/or adjust your diabetic medications accordingly. Glucose (Serum), Hemoglobin A1c, Microalbumin, and Lipid Panel tests are some of the ways we can help you. Take Control of Your Health® and visit an ANY LAB TEST NOW® near you!

November 14th is National Diabetes Awareness Day.

Challenge: Take some time to sit with your family on that day (over a healthy meal, perhaps) and talk diabetes.