Am I a Diabetic?
Why you NEED to know if you are diabetic?
- Untreated diabetes can cause serious problems including pain, blindness, amputations and early death.
- Early diagnosis can lead to successful treatment.
The test & results are fast.
The test is free & offered as a public service.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a general term for a chronic condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Normally, the pancreas makes insulin to help convert glucose into energy. With diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not use it properly (type 2 diabetes), leading to high blood glucose levels.
Why is it important to know if I have diabetes?
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health complications. Early diagnosis may help prevent the ravages of this disease which can include:
- Vision impairment and Blindness
- Heart attack
- Circulatory problems that can lead to lower limb Amputations
- Neuropathy – nerve damage in hands, feet, arms, legs that causes weakness, numbness and pain
- Liver and Kidney problems
Diabetes is a debilitating disease, but with early detection you may be able to avoid these complications
Am I a Diabetic?
The Docs offers a free A1C test in our office. This test is the current “gold-standard” to determine if you are diabetic and where you fall on the scale. If you are concerned about diabetes, call our office and schedule this Free test.
Risk Factors: reasons to be concerned
- Over Weight – if you are significantly overweight, you should be tested.
- Family History – does diabetes run in your family?
- Ethnic background. Diabetes happens more often in Hispanic/Latino Americans, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Alaska natives
- Sedentary Lifestyle – do you exercise less than 3 times a week?
- Age – if you are over 45 and overweight, you should be tested.
Am I a Diabetic? Symptoms:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Drowsiness and lethargy
- Dry mouth & itchy skin
- Sugar in urine
- Sudden vision changes or blurry vision
- Increased appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
- Heavy, labored breathing
- Stupor or unconsciousness
What is the A1C test?
- The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well you’re managing your diabetes.
- The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.
How do I prepare to take the test?
The A1C test is a simple blood test. You can eat and drink normally before the test. Only a drop of blood is required, so just a finger prick works.
When do I get the results to find out: Am I a Diabetic?
You will receive your results in just a few minutes while you wait.