Prediabetes is what a lot of people are getting diagnosed with before they receive a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. There are 3 tests that your physician could perform to diagnose prediabetes:
An A1C of 5.7% – 6.4%
Fasting blood glucose of 100 -125 mg/dl
An Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) 2 hour blood glucose of 140 mg/dl -199 mg/dl
A1C – measures your average blood glucose for the past 2 to 3 months. The advantages of being diagnosed this way are that you don’t have to fast or drink anything.
Fasting Plasma Glucose – checks your fasting blood glucose levels, fasting means after not having anything to eat or drink (except water) for at least 8 hours before the test
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – two-hour test that checks your levels before and 2 hours after you drink a special sweet drink. It tells the doctor how your body processes glucose.
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with prediabetes then you can delay or prevent a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Please stay tuned and I will let you know who is at risk for prediabetes and how to hopefully prevent a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.