When to Test for Diabetes and What You Should Do After

Diabetes TestAlmost a third of people who are diabetic don’t know that they are diabetic, due to the fact that they haven’t done tests either at home or with a doctor. They don’t know when they should be tested or the signs and symptoms of diabetes. If you don’t get tested and treated as soon as you develop diabetes then you are at risk of developing complications down the road. For people with Type 2 diabetes, research has shown that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the disease, which is why it is important to know the risks, symptoms and causes of diabetes and most importantly, when to get tested.  If you go to your doctor they can give you an idea if you might be at risk of diabetes based on your family history (have any of your family members had diabetes?); weight (are you overweight or obese?); as well as a few other factors.

Some of the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include thirst (are you finding yourself becoming more and more thirsty?); fatigue (are you getting more tired as the day goes on, especially after eating a meal?); increased urination (are you going to more often and going more during the night as well?); increased hunger (finding that you’re still hungry after you have eaten a huge dinner?). These symptoms are just as few of the symptoms and tell-tale signs that you might be diabetic. If you are experiencing any or all of the symptoms stated above then you should get to your doctor so that they can test you to see if you have, or are starting to get, diabetes. Most people don’t notice that they have diabetes until complications occur on a regular basis.

People who are at risk (either have a family member who has diabetes or are overweight) should consider having a diabetic test done every 6 months just to keep an eye on things.  If they do start developing diabetes then they can manage it easier than someone who is suffering from complications and only finds out when they have gone to the hospital because of these complications. Doctors and scientists both recommend getting tested if you are over the age of 45 and overweight. If you are not over 45 but are overweight then you should also consider getting tested due to the fact that you are in one of the risk categories. Also if the doctors catch the diabetes early on then it will give you a better chance to manage it and still live your life they way you want to.

Getting tested for diabetes is easy and you can even pick up diabetes tests (either urine strips or a blood sugar monitor) cheaply from your local pharmacist. Many insurance plans will pay part of all of the cost of the blood sugar monitor if your doctor writes you a prescription for it.  Overall it is better to get checked out just in case as it could save your life.

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