Blood Sugar Issues? Don’t Wait til It’s Type 2 Diabetes to Find Out!

Rising Type 2 diabetes rates alone are concerning with 20% of the population either prediabetic or diabetic. What’s worse, close to 30% of those suffering don’t know they have it.

But when you consider how diabetes develops and what the most popular wellness visit blood tests actually measure it’s no surprise that type 2 diabetes creeps up on so many.  It’s also why you may want to be more vigilant in certain situations and stay ahead of the curve.

Detecting type 2 diabetes as soon as it emerges is excellent so the damage can be stemmed as soon as possible. But even with “early detection” there’s a chance high blood sugar issues were already brewing under the surface even before registering in standard tests.

That’s because wellness visit blood testing typically measures 2 things:

  1.  The amount of sugar in your blood after 8 hours of fasting (“fasting blood glucose”), and;

  2.  The average amount of sugar in your blood over 3 months (A1C).  

The thing is, elevated blood sugar is likely to begin with isolated spikes that typically don’t register in either of these tests according to results from a major aging study.  And although these spike are isolated, they cause damage.  If the situation does progress to type 2 diabetes you’re now dealing with an even more challenging scenario.  

source: webmd.com

source: webmd.com

These tests are critical and we should all have them annually. If you haven’t in a while, schedule one today. But since glucose metabolism is a complex process, there are situations where increased vigilance may be in order…

Relevant Family History

  • Those with immediate family members (mom, dad, bro, sis) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes–or diagnosed as at risk

  • Those whose mother had gestational diabetes while pregnant with them

  • Women who experienced gestational diabetes while pregnant

Other metabolic syndrome symptoms (type 2 diabetes is one)

  • Abdominal obesity

  • Elevated triglycerides

  • Low HDL levels and/or;

  • Elevated blood pressure

Diabetes onset symptoms

  • Increased urination

  • Increased thirst & hunger, and;

  • Sudden unintended weight loss

So what do I mean by “increased vigilance”.  For one, nipping metabolic syndrome as soon as it begins.  It quintuples your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and alone is worth dealing with.

Second, if high blood sugar numbers of any kind are registering in you annual wellness bloodtests, consider some more in depth testing.  The most accurate appears to be testing your own blood sugar after meals, upon rising and at other key points during the day.  While this may seem extreme, it can save years of high blood sugar issues that might normally go unnoticed.

How did you first become aware of your high blood sugar and/or Type 2 Diabetes? In looking back, were there signs that something was up even before officially registering in a test?What advice would you give to those just beginning to deal with high blood sugar and/or type 2 diabetes?  


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