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Prediabetes and Diabetes Testing

Prediabetes and Diabetes Testing

Increased appetite?  Fatigued?  Have blurred vision?  Get your blood glucose levels tested at the SCNM Medical Center for Prediabetes or Diabetes!

According to the latest American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, about 8 million people 18 years and older in the United States have type 2 diabetes and do not know it. Often type 1 diabetes remains undiagnosed until symptoms become severe and hospitalization is required. Left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of health complications. That is why it is so important to both know what warning signs to look for and to see a health care provider regularly for routine wellness screenings.

Symptoms

In incidences of prediabetes, there are no symptoms. People may not be aware that they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes because they have no symptoms or because the symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed for quite some time. However, some individuals do experience warning signs, so it's important to be familiar with them.

Prediabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
No symptoms Increased or extreme thirst Increased thirst
  Increased appetite Increased appetite
  Increased fatigue Fatigue
  Increased or frequent urination Increased urination, especially at night
  Unusual weight loss Weight loss
  Blurred vision Blurred vision
  Fruity odor or breath Sores that do not heal
  In some cases, no symptoms In some cases, no symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms, see your health care provider right away. Diabetes can only be diagnosed by your healthcare provider.

Who should be tested for prediabetes and diabetes?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you should be tested if you are:

  • Overweight and over age 45
  • Overweight, under age 45 and have one of more additional risk factors such as:
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • A family history of diabetes
    • African-American, Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic-American, Native American or Pacific Islander descent
    • A history of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or delivering a baby over 9 lbs.

If your blood glucose levels are in normal range, testing should be done about every three years. If you have prediabetes, you should be checked for diabetes every six to twelve months after diagnosis.

Recommended Tests:

  • Fasting Blood Glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Lipid Panel

No doctor appointment or referral necessary - request your test with the lab directly by completing our convenient online form or calling 480.222.9818 today!