Sunday, November 05, 2006

Monday Morning Pop Quiz

You have diabetes if the blood glucose (sugar) level is

A. above 125 mg/dl (milligram/deciliter) when you have been fasting for 8 hours.
B. above 200 mg/dl on a random check regardless of when food has been consumed.
C. between 100 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl.
D. A and B.
E. All of the above.

The answer is D.
C is defined as pre-diabetes. Lifestyle modifications are crucial in preventing the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes.
A normal sugar level is between 65 mg/dl-99 mg/dl.

Do you know what your sugar level is?

It is estimated that one third of the people with diabetes do not know that they have it. A blood test is a simple way to check your sugar level. A screening test is especially recommended for any one with a family history of diabetes or with hypertension, high cholesterol levels, or with obesity.

Reference: Annals of Internal Medicine, 2004.