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Pre-Diabetes and The Diabetes Protocol

Updated on February 21, 2014

Pre Diabetes Detection

The reason you should pay attention to your body, when it comes to diabetes, is to prevent further complications.

With some 50 million people getting some form of diabetes and increasing, the chances are you might too. The good news is, early detection can in some cases allow you to avert a full blown type 2 diabetes condition.

Some of the signs to watch for are as follows:

  • Frequent urination
  • Thirsty
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing
  • Frequent infections

These are just a few of the signals, for the full review see Diabetes.org, There's even an online risk test you can take.

The Confusion

The problem with diabetes is people don't always associate their current problems as being associated with it. Many times were told that aging is what causes some of these symptoms and we don't explore any further. By the time we realize it could be diabetes, it's to late.

The question is, what else can we do?

Tests

There are two tests we came across that seem to be the guideline for diabetes, they are:

  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG). The FPG test measures a person's glucose level in the morning before eating. A normal fasting glucose level is below 100 mg/dL. A positive result is defined by a level between 100 and 125 mg/dL. Above 126 mg/dL level is defined as diabetes. Under the old nomenclature, if you tested positive with this test, you were said to have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT).
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). The OGTT measures the glucose level after a fast, then again two hours after a person has consumed a glucose drink. A normal glucose level two hours after consuming the drink is below 140 mg/dL. A posigtive result is defined by a level between 140 and 199 mg/dL. Above 200 mg/dL is defined as diabetes. Under the old nomenclature, if you tested positive with this test, you were said to have Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG).

If tested positive, your doctor will prescribe the proper medication and diet from there.

Diabetes Protocol

What in the world is a diabetes protocol? Well, this is just a set of procedures your doctor has at his/her disposal for putting together a plan for a diabetic patient. Depending on what type of diabetes you might have, type 1 or type 2, the prescribed protocol will differ.

Also, the degree to which a patient has this intolerance will influence what protocol and combination of medicines your doctor will recommend.

Example

For example, if you were having a checkup for diabetes, this might be the protocol or checklist used for this exam:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • BP
  • Smoking status
  • Urinalysis for Alb:creatinine ration
  • U&E, LFT, Fasting lipids and HbA1c.
  • Discussion of exercise and diet, and alcohol intake
  • Screening for depression
  • Checking of foot
  • Checking of eye screening
  • Care and management advice

So when you hear the words Diabetes Protocol, all it means is the type of checklist your doctor uses to either test for a potential diabetic problem or treat an existing one.

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