Three New Tests
That Are Changing Diabetes Care
Not every deadly disease is “considerate enough” to let you say NO to its advancement! But that’s one of the few good things about diabetes. It does give you a chance to head it off in its early stages.
We’ll show you how to decisively say NO to a diabetic future.
High blood sugar, high triglycerides, and low “good” cholesterol are three key precursors to diabetes’ onslaught. As such, these preconditions are a silent killer at work in your body, waiting to rear its ugly head, to degrade your quality of life, and to put you at risk for a variety of deadly diseases.
The good news is, if you catch this condition early, you can keep it in check and prevent it from ever doing real harm to your health.
The condition we’re talking about is pre-diabetes. It’s a condition that can lead to diabetes and put you at high risk for other diseases. If you catch this condition early on, you can make important changes now that will make a big difference in you health down the road.
The earlier you can find out if you’re at risk for diabetes, the better. Ideally, you want to find out if you’re predisposed to diabetes before you ever show any signs of the disease. Then you can take steps to prevent it from gaining a real foothold in your body.
Three new medical tests are now available which help doctors zero in earlier than ever on who is likely to get diabetes.
Three Tests That Could Change Your Life
In one test, doctors measure the levels of amino acids in your blood. Through research, they’ve found that five specific amino acid levels are predictive of diabetes. People with the highest levels of these amino acids – despite their other risk factors – are up to five times as likely to develop diabetes over the next decade than people with the lowest levels.
The amino acids in question are isoleucine, leucine, valine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. People at the highest risk have high levels of at least three of these.
Another blood test developed recently can predict diabetes risk up to ten years earlier than traditional risk assessment tests. In new research, scientists have found a genetic molecule in the blood that provides a very early gauge of diabetes risk. By measuring the levels of this molecule called MIR, doctors can more accurately predict your risk of diabetes.
This new blood test is also useful for monitoring people with diabetes. Abnormal levels of MIR in the blood can help doctors keep tabs on the overall health of your circulatory system.
Since people with diabetes are at a much higher risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases, a better way of catching circulatory problems in the early stages could save lives.
A third test that doctors are using more frequently is the A1C test. This test has been around for years, but until recently it wasn’t reliable enough to use as a diagnostic. It’s since been standardized. The A1C test measures average glucose levels in your blood. It’s a quick test based on a blood draw, and doctors can use it to determine if you are prediabetic or diabetic.
It’s more convenient than many other types of diabetes tests, which require fasting for several hours before the test or drinking a sugary drink and then waiting two hours for testing. Because of the inconvenience factor, many people who didn’t think they were at risk for diabetes declined to take these tests.
Since the A1C test’s accuracy has been improved, the American Diabetes Association now recommends it for diagnosis. It makes it possible for doctors to identify more people who are prediabetic. With early interventions, they hope to keep more people from developing the full-blown condition.
Who Should Get Tested for Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition you want to avoid if at all possible. It contributes to nearly a quarter million deaths annually:
If you have diabetes, you’re up to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke as you would be otherwise.
Two-thirds of people with diabetes live with high blood pressure and its potential complications.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults.
It’s the leading cause of kidney failure.
Six out of ten people who require a lower limb amputation require it because of diabetes.
When you have diabetes, your quality of life is under constant attack. So, it’s well worth it to identify if you’re at risk, to get the tests to find out how high your risk is, and to take steps to counter your risk.
You should consider early diabetes testing:
If you are over 45 and overweight.
If you are at any age and have risk factors like a family history, high blood pressure, or obesity.
If you are showing early symptoms like intermittent blurred vision, extreme thirst, or frequent urination.
If your doctor recommends it.
What to Expect If You’re at Risk
If, after testing, your doctor finds that you’re prediabetic or at high risk of developing diabetes over the next ten years, don’t panic. It’s actually really good news that you know now rather than later!
By knowing now, you can take steps to prevent yourself from becoming diabetic in the future, which will improve your quality of life and add years to your life expectancy.
Your doctor will likely recommend you attend some classes on diabetes awareness where you’ll learn more about the role that weight management, diet, and exercise play in preventing diabetes.
Your doctor will also plan to monitor you more closely so that any changes in your health are caught and addressed early on.
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, consider making these changes to help lower your overall risk for diabetes:
Ditch the processed and junk foods. Focus on vegetables, lean proteins, fruits, and high fiber foods like whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
Minimize or completely eliminate your exposure to bread. Even grain rich healthy breads are not good for you. This is a game-changer!
Don’t snack or otherwise indulge in food after 8:00 PM each evening.
Be more active every day. If you have a hard time exercising, look for easy ways to increase your activity levels. Park at the far end of the lot at the grocery store so you have to walk a little more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. And find things you enjoy doing like dancing or playing a pick-up game of basketball.
Consider taking supplements that support healthy blood sugar regulation. Talk to your doctor about what supplements would be best for you. Magnesium, gamma linolenic acid, chromium, alpha lipoic acid, and ginseng have all shown promise in helping to support a healthy metabolism, blood sugar regulation, and insulin sensitivity.
Diabetes is no joke. It can shave years off your life and make you feel tired and miserable. With these new tests and early intervention, you can save yourself or your loved ones the heartache of living with this devastating disease.