If you haven't yet been
diagnosed with prediabetes, you may want to talk to your doctor about
testing. The American Diabetes Association recommends
testing adults for
prediabetes, which may lead to
type 2 diabetes, if you:1
Are age 45 or older.
Are younger than 45 and overweight, and you have
high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, a family history of type 2 diabetes,
or other risk factors.
If the tests are normal, the American Diabetes Association recommends repeat testing at least every 3 years.
In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our January-February 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's diabetes expert, Michael Dansinger, MD, to answer a question about the link between prediabetes and diabetes.
Q: At my last checkup, my doctor told me I have prediabetes. Does that mean I'll ultimately develop diabetes?
A: Almost everyone who develops type 2 diabetes develops prediabetes first. But not everyone who has prediabetes...
Hemoglobin A1c. This test estimates your blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months.
Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). For an OGTT, your blood sugar is measured after fasting
and then again 2 hours after you drink a special glucose
liquid. This test is not done as often as the fasting
glucose test, which is more convenient.
You have prediabetes if:
The results of your A1c test are 5.7% to 6.4%. For all of these tests, lower numbers are best.
The results of your OGTT are 140 to 199 mg/dL (2 hours after the beginning of the
Phrases such as "a touch of diabetes," "borderline
diabetes," and "your sugar is a little high" are unclear. If you hear these
phrases, ask your doctor if your blood sugar level
is in the prediabetes or diabetes range.
Tests for other health problems
If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, your doctor
may also want to:
Check your blood pressure.
Do a blood test
to check your cholesterol levels.
Test your blood sugar regularly
to check for type 2 diabetes.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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