This is very easy and simple test to perform at your home which is used by millions of people who are at risk to develop diabetes, but don’t know it.
Nearly one out of ten people in America have diabetes. There have been 29 million cases in 2012, and only 21 million of them have been diagnosed, while the rest remained undiagnosed. There have been closely $245 billion spent on diagnosing this condition on yearly basis. This is done through blood test, but there is an alternative way to do diagnose prediabetes.
What are prediabetics?
These people have blood sugar levels which are higher than the normal, but have not reached the diabetic level. The name itself comes from the fact that there are a lot of people who have prediabetes and are on the way to become diabetics, but not all of them develop type 2 diabetes. If you are prediabetic does not necessarily mean that you will become diabetic, but long-term prediabetes has been connected to health issues which are faced by diabetics. Those are heart diseases and nerve damage. There might not be any symptoms among prediabetics and type 2 diabetics, thus it is very significant to use other indicative markers which will tell you if you are at risk.
What are the symptoms?
It is very significant to keep an eye of the symptoms although they may not show in some cases, as if they show up then it is a sign that you are becoming increasingly diabetic. These are the symptoms:
- Sores which don’t heal;
- Increased hunger;
- Blurred vision;
- Unexplained weight loss;
- Increased thirst;
- Increased urination.
Ways to diagnose prediabetes
People diagnose diabetes through blood tests which examine the levels of blood glucose. If the levels are above 100 mg/dl then you will be diagnosed as prediabetic, but if the glucose levels are even higher, above 126 mg/dl, then you will be diagnosed as diabetic.
There are some alternative ways to diagnose this condition and it can be done in less than a minute by using your fingers and what you know about your body. Follow these steps:
- If you are a man hold up 1 finger, but none if you are a woman;
- If you are over 60, hold up 3 fingers, if you are over 50, hold up 2 fingers, if you are over 40, hold up 1 finger, and if you are under 40, then don’t hold any fingers;
- If you think you don’t get enough physical activity, hold up 1 finger, but if you think that you are physically active, then do not hold any fingers;
- If anyone in your family has diabetes, hold 1 finger, but none if there is no history of diabetes in your family;
- If you have high blood pressure, hold up 1 finger, and none if the blood pressure is normal;
- If you are severely overweight (obese), then hold up 3 fingers, if you are overweight, hold 2 fingers, if you are slightly overweight, hold up 1 finger, and none if you are at a healthy body weight.
When this self-diagnosis ends and you find that you are holding up 5 or more fingers, then the chances that you are prediabetic are good. In this way you use the factors which are associated with an increased risk of diabetes according to researchers. It may not be 100% accurate; experts believe that it is a good way to assess the risk of becoming diabetic. If in case you have discovered that you are prediabetic through this test, then you have to get a blood test in order to see how much you are at risk for developing diabetes. If the results show that you are at significant risk, then it is time to do some lifestyle changes which will help you lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing full-on diabetes.