Health Tip: Should I Be Screened for Prediabetes?01/04/13
(HealthDay News) -- Prediabetes is a condition characterized by
abnormally high blood sugar levels that are not so high that
diabetes may be diagnosed.
The American Diabetes Association says people age 45 or older
who are overweight should be screened for prediabetes. If you are a
healthy weight but in this age group, ask your doctor if you should
Others who may need a blood test for prediabetes include those
younger than 45 with:
- High blood pressure.
- Low HDL ("good") cholesterol levels and high levels of
triglycerides, or blood fats.
- A family history of diabetes or a personal history of
gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy).
- A baby that weighed more than 9 pounds at birth.
- Black, Hispanic or American Indian ancestry because these
groups are at higher-than-average risk of diabetes. Pacific
Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk.
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