Should I Get Tested For Prediabetes?

There is a good reason why November is Diabetes Awareness Month – we need it. There are  25.8 million Americans (that’s 8.3 percent of the US population) that have diabetes. Of those, about 7 million don’t know they have it. What is even more worrisome, it is estimated that another 79 million adults aged 20 and older have prediabetes. That’s a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be called diabetes.

If you have prediabetes and begin to lose weight and exercise, there is a good chance of reversing it. But if you wait five years or more, there is a good chance it will turn into diabetes. About 68 percent of people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke, problems that might not have happened if the diabetes had been prevented.


Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by:

You are more likely to get prediabetes or diabetes if you:

  • Have diabetes in your family
  • Are a member of a minority group, including African American, Native American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high blood fats, called cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Are not physically active
  • Had high blood glucose when pregnant; this is called gestational diabetes
  • Gave birth to a baby weighing more than 10 pounds

According to the National Institute of Health, consider getting tested for prediabetes if you are overweight and

  • are physically inactive
  • have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • have high blood pressure or high cholesterol—blood fat
  • have abnormal levels of HDL, or good, cholesterol or triglycerides—another type of blood fat
  • had gestational diabetes—diabetes that develops only during pregnancy—or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • are African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander American
  • have polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS
  • have a dark, velvety rash around your neck or armpits
  • have blood vessel problems affecting your heart, brain, or legs

In honor of diabetes awareness month I created the music video above. Enjoy! Don’t let diabetes take control of you.

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93 comments

Kamia T.
Kamia T2 years ago

I'm going to disagree with doing so. Big Pharma makes a fortune selling insulin and diabetic testing supplies, and the sugar standards, consequently have been plummeting so that more and more people are deemed diabetic. Eat in moderation, keep your body moving, don't become addicted to ANY substance, natural or not. Then you can be tested occasionally if you find symptoms popping up, without being dosed to death.

Jeremy Scholz
Jeremy Scholz2 years ago

I just wanted to let you know that you have a broken link in your article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/should-i-get-tested-for-prediabetes.html

The broken link: Exercising moderately which points to http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/checkup-america/activity.html

There is another exact copy saved of it here:
http://greenappleeyecare.com/activity.html

It appears that that the original site does not provide this anymore but the alternative copy of the page still has all of the helpful resources. I hope this helps you out!

Jeannet Bertelink

Thank you

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago

Interesting

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K2 years ago

Good habits to get into anyway, for all kinds of reasons. Thanks.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W2 years ago

That's no use. I'd better buy a grave.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W2 years ago

scary

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Alicia N.
Alicia N3 years ago

thanks

Dianne T.
Dianne T3 years ago

Yes - this should be part of your regular physical check up. If it isn't then ask your doctor to do the test so you can start to track your numbers.