This year, March 23rd marks Diabetes Alert Day. The fourth Tuesday in March is dedicated by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as a day to bring awareness about this chronic medical condition and its seriousness. Most importantly, it encourages us to get screened for not only diabetes but also for pre-diabetes. 

Check your diabetes risk level

The ADA encourages everyone to take an online test and answer seven brief questions. At the end, you are given a number from 1 to 10 to determine your risk level, 10 being the highest. 

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes affects about 34.2 million Americans or about 10.5 percent of the U.S. population. Nearly 1 in 5 adults living with diabetes, or 7.3 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease. 

Screening Test for Diabetes

  1. A1C Level

*Normal – Below 5.7

*Pre-diabetes – A1C between 5.7 and 6.4

*Diabetes – A1C level of 6.5% or higher on two separate tests

2. Fasting blood sugar test (blood sample will be taken after an overnight fast)

*Normal – A fasting blood sugar level less than 100 mg/dL.

*Pre-diabetes – A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL

*Diabetes – A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or higher on two separate tests

Diabetes Target Blood Level:

  • A1C: Less than 7%
  • Blood sugar level before a meal : 80–130 mg/dL
  • Blood sugar level level 1-2 hours after beginning of the meal : Less than 180 mg/dL

Who is at risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes

  • You are overweight.
  • You are 45 years of age or older.
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week.
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome

Diabetes prevention focuses on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes such as:

Diabetes prevention focuses on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes such as:

  1. Reducing refined sugar and carbohydrates
  2. Eating a diet based primarily on whole grains, healthy fats, protein
  3. Increasing daily water intake and make it primary beverage of choice
  4. Maintaining a healthy weight, BMI and waist circumference
  5. Optimizing Vitamin D level
  6. Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle by working out regularly
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Get support for your lifestyle changes from family, friends, health care team and diabetes prevention programs.

Research shows that programs aim at diabetes prevention can significantly help patients reduce their risk. Some programs have proven to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes among all adults with pre-diabetes by 58 percent, and among people over age 60 by 71 percent (CDC).

Many healthcare providers don’t have the time or resources to incorporate these prevention programs with their patients. It’s upsetting that so many people live with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions and feel that they have no control over their disease. 

But you do. It will take work and an open mind. Starting the steps in my signature “Reclaim Your Health” program do just that. The first step is a 60 mins consultation to review your lab work and identify risk factors for chronic medical conditions, including diabetes. Together we will start your health journey and turn your life around. 

Contact us at Adaptive Health Lifestyle!