More than 1 in 3 American adults, totaling over 88 million people, have prediabetes.
According to the CDC as much as 84% of these individuals are unaware of their status.
This is problematic because this condition, as its name suggests, can lead to full blown type 2 diabetes.
Men are more likely than women to be living with undiagnosed diabetes. Professionals believe this is the case because men may be less likely to see their doctor regularly. Race and ethnicity can also determine the liklihood. The truth is, there are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They can include:
- Family history;
- High blood pressure;
- Pregancy (Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy);
- A higher Body Mass Index (weight relative to height).
The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about your average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test can be used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The A1C test is also the primary test used for diabetes management. It is important that you see your doctor regularly and have screenings done that will keep you aware of your status, especially if you fall into any of the at-risk groups.
At USFHP we’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 and we will walk you quickly through the process and help you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to get you tested right away.
USFHP has partnered with the highly recognized healthcare technology leader, Welldoc, in the design of the award-winning diabetes app, BlueStar. This app makes it easy for you to track your glucose levels, exercise, meals and more by giving you real-time feedback that helps you feel more confident about managing your diabetes. Visit the app store on your smartphone to download the “BlueStar Diabetes” app and enter the access code: DM4U. For more information about BlueStar, call 1-888-611-4794.
Remember, awareness is key. Take control of your health today!