Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Diabetes Testing

Testing is a great tool to see where we are in regards to health.

The most effective tool is a test we can do ourselves. It is called the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). The OGTT is the gold standard for checking for diabetes or pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, it not a test administered in yearly physical health screenings. When was the last time you went to a doctor and he had you take the OGTT?

By administering the test ourselves, we find our fasting blood sugar level (which in reality can misdiagnose diabetes which is the test given in a yearly physical check-up). But then check again after 2 hours of drinking 75 grams of carbohydrates. Ideally we want to be under 120 at the 1 hour mark. At the 2 hour mark, between 140-199 is pre-diabetes and over 200 is diabetes.

Testing gives us the picture of  how our  health is doing. By catching diabetes early, we can take measures to assure that the trend of diabetes is reversed.

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