Diagnosis Healthy adults age 45 and older should get tested for diabetes every 3 years. Patients who have certain risk factors should ask their doctors about testing at an earlier age and more frequently. These risk factors include: A weight that is 20% more than ideal body weight Sedentary lifestyle High blood pressure (greater than 140/90) or unhealthy cholesterol levels -- especially for patients with low HDL ("good") cholesterol and high triglyceride levels History of heart disease, stroke, or peripheral artery disease A close relative (parent, sibling) with diabetes A high-risk ethnic group background (African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander) Having delivered a baby weighing over 9 pounds or having a history of gestational diabetes (in women) Polycystic ovary disease (in women) Children age 10 and older should be tested for type 2 diabetes (even if they have no symptoms) every 3 years if they are overweight and have at least two risk factors. Testing for ...
note from Dr. Cogen:
thinking about the long list of issues today's teens must face, alcohol use is
near the top. The pressure from friends to drink can be overwhelming. Ginger
and I would like to provide medically correct information about alcohol and how
it affects you and your diabetes management. Clearly, in an ideal environment,
we want you to choose to engage in only healthy behaviors. But if you are
currently struggling with this decision or have already made the decision to
drink, we would be doing a great disservice to you (and your families) by
choosing to ignore this topic, especially since this behavior is potentially
know you've heard this a million times before, but remember to keep the following
things in mind as you read this blog:
drinking age in the United
States is 21 years!
If your caught
breaking this law, consequences include: fines, jail time, community
service and driver's license suspe...
[Science of Diabetes] One of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes is: “What are normal blood sugar levels?” Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question, because it depends on how you define normal. It’s like deciding when someone is rich or poor, tall or short, thin or fat, or young or old. Most people would agree that a very skinny person was thin and a very fat person was fat. But how about the sizes in between? When does underweight become normal and when does normal become overweight? It’s all a matter of definitions and cutoff points set by one group or another. The definitions of normal, prediabetes, and diabetes are usually made by august committees of diabetes experts, and they change from time to time. For example, not too long ago, it was decided that you’re diabetic if your fasting BG level is 126 mg/dL [to convert to mMol/L, divide by 18] or higher, instead of the previous cutoff of 140. There are some guidelines about ...
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