Diabetes affects 1 out of every 10 Americans. More than 29 million Americans had diabetesin 2012. Of those 29 million, only 21 million were diagnosed. In America, approximately $245 billion is spent on diagnosing diabetes each year.
Even if these numbers may be shocking, even more are affected by prediabetes, a condition that, approximately 86 million Americans were affected in 2012. The way most people get diagnosed their prediabetes is through a blood test.But there is an alternative way to diagnose prediabetes that we will reveal to you later. First, let’ssee what prediabetes actually is.
When a person is diagnosed with prediabetes that means that he/she has higher blood sugar levels than normal, but is not yet at a diabetic level. The name comes from the fact that lots of people who have prediabetes are on the way to become diabetic and, even though not everyone with prediabetes develops type 2 diabetes, several prediabetics will.
Even though having prediabetes does not automatically make you diabetic, long-term prediabetes has been associated with lots of the same health issues that diabetics face, such as heart disease and nerve damage. But, prediabetes symptoms and even type 2 diabetes symptoms are sometimes not present, so it’s important to use some other indicative markers to tell if you are at risk.
Although previously wementioned that symptoms for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes may not occur, it’s still important that you keep an eye out for them, because if they do this signal can mean that you are becoming increasingly diabetic. Symptoms of diabetes are the following:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Sores that do not heal
- Increased hunger
How to Diagnose Prediabetes
As we mentioned before, the most common way people get diagnosed for diabetes is through a blood test which examines your blood glucose levels. If you levels are above thepositive point (100 milligrams per deciliter) you are diagnosed as prediabetic. If you have higher blood glucose levels (126 milligrams or more per deciliter) you are diagnosed as diabetic.
Still, there is an alternative way for diagnosing prediabetes. Here is how you can diagnose prediabetes in less thanone minute using just your fingers.
- Hold up 1 finger if you are a man, none if you are a woman.
- Hold up 3 fingers if you are over 60, 2 fingers if you are over 50, and 1 finger if you are over 40, none if you are under 40 years.
- Hold up 1 finger if you think you don’t get enough physical activity, none if you think you are physically active enough.
- Hold up 1 finger if anyone in your family has diabetes, none if your family doesn’t have a history of diabetes.
- Hold up 3 fingers if you’re severely overweight (obese), 2 fingers if you are overweight, 1 finger if you think you are slightly overweight and no fingers if you are at a healthy body weight.
- Hold up 1 finger if you have high blood pressure, none if your blood pressureis normal.
By the end of doing this self-diagnosis, if you find that you are holding up five fingers or more, then there is a big chance that you have prediabetes. This kind of diagnosing makes use of the factors that most scientists believe that are associated with an increased risk of diabetes. Even though it’s not 100% accurate, most experts believe that it’s a good way of measuring your riskof diabetes.
If according to the test,you found that you are prediabetic, thefirst thing you should do is to get a blood test to determine how much you are at risk for developing diabetes. If the result turns out that you are at a significant risk, you should try to make some lifestyle changes which will help lower your blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing full-on diabetes.