I hope you’re not in the half with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.
With 52.4% of Americans with either full type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, it’s wise to determine if your symptoms are related to diabetes.
Gaining weight around your midsection? High blood pressure?
Dieting doesn’t work anymore? Urinating often? Thirsty? Always hungry? (see list below)
Below I demonstrate a simple home A1C test to determine if you may be diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Video length: 3:48
According to the American Diabetes Association, the A1C test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose (blood sugar) control for the past 2 to 3 months. The results give you a good idea of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.
In some ways, the A1C test is like a baseball player’s season batting average, it tells you about a person’s overall success. Neither a single day’s blood test results nor a single game’s batting record gives the same big picture.
These are some ways the A1C test can help you manage your diabetes:
Confirm self-testing results or blood test results by the doctor.
Judge whether a treatment plan is working.
Show you how healthy choices can make a difference in diabetes control.
How Does it Work?
Hemoglobin, a protein that links up with sugars such as glucose, is found inside red blood cells. Its job is to carry oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body. Glucose enters your red blood cells and links up (or glycates) with molecules of hemoglobin. The more glucose in your blood, the more hemoglobin gets glycated. By measuring the percentage of A1C in the blood, you get an overview of your average blood glucose control for the past few months. Your doctor should measure your A1C level at least twice a year.
Complications of diabetes
- Foot Complications (numbness in the feet as well as other complications.)
- Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)
- High Blood Pressure (also called hypertension—raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, eye problems, and kidney disease.)
- HHNS (a serious condition most frequently seen in older persons. It is usually brought on by something else, such as an illness or infection.)
Other symptoms of diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association the following diabetes symptoms:
The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.
Resources mentioned in the video
The best books to help you overcome Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes: