11 Jun Diabetes Awareness Week at Randox Health
Talking about diabetes can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be.
This Diabetes Awareness Week, we’re joining the conversation to help raise awareness of the condition, and importantly, how it can be diagnosed, managed, and even prevented.
Today, our focus is on a lesser-known variant of the chronic illness and one which you may not have heard of – prediabetes.
Characterised by the presence of blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classed as diabetes, prediabetes is often described as the “grey area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels.
And astonishingly, one third of the UK adult population is thought to have it.
What’s even more shocking is that 90% of these adults are totally unaware that they are prediabetic. That’s because this early indicator of type-2 diabetes has few symptoms. In many cases, the sufferer only learns of their diabetic state once the symptoms of type-2 diabetes start to appear.
But all is not lost. Whilst being diagnosed with prediabetes may come as a real shock, it offers a unique opportunity for lifestyle modification and prevention that is often not possible with other illnesses.
And this is because prediabetes is reversible. In fact, up to 80% of all cases of type-2 diabetes are preventable – if detected early.
At Randox Health, we offer the world’s most advanced health checks which assess up to 350 different indicators of disease at their very earliest stage, including diabetes.
Randox Health is the only health check company that offers a way to diagnose prediabetes by using a test that assesses the body’s levels of Adiponectin, a natural hormone which can identify someone at risk of diabetes earlier than conventional diabetes testing.
Adiponectin’s ability to diagnose prediabetes is due to its relationship with a hazardous type of fat within the body which wraps around internal organs. This visceral fat is particularly dangerous because it can occur even within individuals deemed to have a healthy waist circumference, making them appear deceptively healthy simply because they are slim.
However, by measuring Adiponectin levels, clinicians can identify someone at risk of type 2 diabetes long before they would be identified by tests which measure blood sugar levels.
With this information at your disposal, you can then take the necessary action to stop diabetes in its tracks.
If your blood sugar levels are rising behind-the-scenes, you need to know about it.
To take your health into your own hands and find out your risk of developing diabetes, book your Randox Health programme today.
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