1 in 10 Americans suffers from diabetes. In 2012, more than 29 million Americans had diabetes. Of these 29 million, 21 million people were diagnosed. Americans spend around $245 billion on diagnosing diabetes each year.
Although these numbers can be shocking to you, in 2012, about 86 million Americans had diabetes. The way most people get their prediabetes diagnosed is through a blood test, but there is an alternative way to diagnose prediabetes and we will reveal that later. First, let’s discuss what actually prediabetes is.
What is prediabetes really?
When someone is diagnosed with prediabetes, it means they have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet in the diabetic level. The name “prediabetes” comes from the fact that many people who have pre-diabetes can develop diabetes.
Although I mentioned earlier that the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes may not happen, it is still important to know them. The symptoms of diabetes are:
– Increased urination
– Increased thirst
– Unexplained weight loss
– Blurred vision
– Increased hunger
– Wounds which won’t heal
How to Diagnose Diabetes?
As I mentioned before, the way most people are diagnosed with diabetes is through a blood test that examines glucose levels in the blood. If the level is above a certain point (100 milligrams per deciliter), you are diagnosed with prediabetes. If you have a higher blood glucose level (126 milligrams per deciliter or above) you are diagnosed with diabetes.
However, there is no alternative method for the diagnosis of prediabetes. Here’s how to diagnose prediabetes in less than one minute, using only your fingers and what you know about your body.
Hold 1 finger.
Hold 3 fingers, if you are over sixty.
Hold 1 finger if you feel you do not get enough physical activity, and if you feel that you have enough physical activity.
Hold 1 finger, if someone in your family has diabetes, even if your family has a history of diabetes.
Hold 1 finger, if you have high blood pressure, even if you have normal blood pressure.
Hold 3 fingers if you are seriously overweight (obese), 2 fingers if you are overweight, 1 finger if you’re a little overweight and don’t hold any fingers if you have healthy weight.
If you are holding each one of your five fingers, then there is a good chance that you have prediabetes. This type of diagnosis makes use of the factors that most researchers believe are linked to an increased risk in diabetes. Although this does not necessarily have to mean anything, most experts believe that this is a good way to assess your situation.
If you find that you have to be tested for prediabetes, you should get a blood test to determine how much risk you have of developing diabetes. If it turns out you have a significant risk, try to make some changes in your lifestyle that will help to lower the sugar levels in your blood and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.