Finding and treating diabetes early can prevent health problems later on. Many people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms and do not know they have diabetes. Some people are at higher risk for diabetes than others. People at high risk include those who:
- are older than 45
- are overweight
- have a close family member such as a parent, a brother, or a sister who has or had diabetes
- had diabetes during pregnancy
- had a baby that weight more than 9 pounds
- are African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American
- have high blood pressure
- have high cholesterol or other abnormal blood fats
- are inactive
By: ppatel24: Aug, 15, 2011 12:46 PM
By: ppatel24: Jun, 22, 2011 09:38 AM
There are several tests you can do to find out if you have Type II diabetes. Peaople can do self-tests by purchasing a monitor that checks blood sugar levels at home. The tests that doctors performs are urine analysis, fasting blood glucose level, Hemoglobin Alc test, oral glucose tolerance test, and random (nonfasting) blood glucose level. The American Diabetes Association provides ranges based on age and time of day:
100-180mg/dl-children under age 6
less than 180mg/dl- adults
110-200mg/dl- under age 6
By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 09, 2010 13:01 PM
Hey amontemayor! Good question. The best thing to do is if you are expiencing any of the symptoms shown to make an appointment with your doctor. I know that I've tested a few friends blood sugars (BG's) recently, and they were quite high - and I did tell them to go an speak to their doctor. The only problem I do find is that not all doctors are up on all things "diabetic" - so if you still question whatever they say to you and are experiencing symptoms - I would advise you try to see an endocrinlogist (you may need a referral). I'm not a medical experiment, but just saying that this is what I would do for myself. It's of course entirely up to you as an individual how you approach the management of your health.
I know because of the growing concern of diabetes becoming an epidemic - that places like IDF (International Diabetes Federation) is trying to get the medical field more educated in diabetic awareness.
Hope this helps answer your question.
By: amontemayor: Feb, 08, 2010 10:53 AM
What tests do I need in order to test if I have diabetes?
By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 07, 2010 15:21 PM
You have some good points there Sing18 - and here's a few other factors that could point to having Type 2 diabetes:
- You are often thirsty
- You go to the bathroom alot (urinate)
- You lose weight without knowing why
- You do not have much energy
- You can't see well (blurred vision)
- You get more infections than usual
- You have cuts and cruises that heal slowly
- You feel tingling or numbness in your hands and/or feet
It is important to know if you have diabetes. The sooner you know, the sooner you can take steps to help you live well with diabetes. People with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives (I'm living proof of it myself ).
By: : Feb, 02, 2010 16:57 PM
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