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Are you worried that you may have signs of diabetes? A simple diabetic screening can put your mind at ease. The doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, offer screenings and help patients diagnosed with the disease manage their symptoms.
How can I tell if I have diabetes?
You may experience one or more of these signs and symptoms if you have diabetes:
- Increased Thirst: If you're suddenly much thirstier than you've ever been, diabetes may be to blame.
- More Trips to the Restroom: Consuming more liquids results in more restroom trips, but you may notice that you spend more time in the bathroom even if you don't drink substantially more than usual. The problem occurs when you produce too much glucose, or blood sugar. Your body removes excess glucose, along with additional fluids, and sends them to your kidneys. The extra glucose is then removed from your body when you urinate.
- Blurry Vision: Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect your ability to see clearly.
- Fatigue: Fatigue, in combination with other classic symptoms, may be a sign that you have diabetes.
- Wounds That Don't Heal: High sugar levels can slow healing and make you more prone to developing infections.
What tests are used to screen for diabetes?
If your Woodridge, Lombard, or Lemont doctor, suspects that you have diabetes, he may order one or more of these diabetic screening tests:
- Fasting Blood Sugar Test: You'll avoid eating or drinking anything (other than a little water) for eight hours before your blood is drawn for this test. If your level is 100 or less, you don't have diabetes. A reading of 100 to 125 falls into the pre-diabetes range, while a result of 125 or higher usually means that you have diabetes.
- A1C Test: The A1C blood test is used to determine your average blood sugar levels during the past two to three months. It may be ordered if your fasting blood sugar test shows that you have diabetes or you are at risk for developing the disease. If your level is six or higher, you may have diabetes.
- Initial Glucose Challenge Test: This test is used to determine if pregnant women have gestational diabetes. Blood is drawn after you drink a sugary beverage. Results above 140 may indicate that you have gestational diabetes.
Diabetic screenings can help you protect your health. Schedule an appointment with the doctors at Woodridge Clinic by calling (630) 910-1177 for the Woodridge, IL, office; (630) 620-6225 for the Lombard, IL, office; or (630) 754-8710 for the Lemont, IL, office.
Diabetes is a medical condition in which the blood sugar levels are elevated due to insulin resistance or a lack of insulin. It can cause many serious chronic health issues including circulation, heart, eyes and kidney problems. Diabetes has been linked to obesity, poor eating, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heredity and ethnicity as well as gestational diabetes. This makes diabetes screening from the doctors at the Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL, important.
About Diabetic Screenings
Starting at the age of 45 (or younger for those with a family history or other risk factors for the disease), our physicians such can do a simple blood test known as a fasting blood sugar. This blood test measures how much glucose is bonded to hemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying blood protein. A measure of 100 or less is a normal blood sugar level and 100 to 125 is pre-diabetes. Anything higher than 125 is typically diabetic.
Sometimes a doctor may order an A1C blood test as a part of diabetes screening in Woodridge, Illinois, which averages blood sugar levels over a period of several months. Normal results are anywhere from 4.5 to 6, however, anything higher is considered type 1 or type 2 diabetes in someone not taking insulin and/or oral medications.
For pregnant women, the initial glucose challenge test is done to screen for gestational diabetes. A sugary syrup is consumed and then a blood draw is done. Results of 140 or below are normal.
For individuals who may be diabetic, it is important to eat a balanced and healthy diet, to engage in regular exercise and to test blood sugar regularly. To prevent diabetes, have a regular diabetes screening at the Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL. To schedule this important test today, call our Woodridge office at 630-910-1177. If diagnosed, we can also help you treat your condition with various treatment options.