We all know the devastation that Type II diabetes can bring on someone. So what if there were tests that you could do at home or the doctor's office that would detect the earliest signs of Type II diabetes up to 10 years before diabetes develops.
This post will help you detect diabetes long before you get a diagnosis so that you can take those steps to reverse those problems and to make sure that you never ever develop Type II diabetes.
These are very powerful tools, and they are available to every person and every doctor, but for some reason, they are just not used appropriately yet. You can help people understand that Type-II diabetes is not some magical unicorn diagnosis that just pops up out of the blue.
It is a metabolic process that takes years for the average healthy body to become so sick and metabolically deranged that it develops Type-II diabetes.
Here are 5 tests, some of which you can do at home and some of which you will need to do with your doctor with which you can detect the very early signs and then take the steps to prevent that from ever becoming Type-II diabetes.
- This is something that you can actually do at home for free if you have a tailor’s tape or a tape measure. If you will measure your waist at the belly button, not below where your belt rides, but at the belly button and then measure your height as well.
You then need to divide your waist circumference by your height, and if the ratio is more than 0.5, then you are at huge risk of developing Type II diabetes.
For most people, starting to gain weight in the middle, starting to have that belly bulge, beer belly or pot belly, that is one of the very first indications that you are starting to store fat in the viscera or in between your guts inside your belly or much worse by starting to store fat in your liver and even in your pancreas.
These are huge red flags that you are moving down the road towards Type-2 diabetes, and you need to know this number. It is recommended to everyone over the age of 30 to check this number once a year. Your waist at the belly button divided by your height.
You can do both in inches or both in centimeters, it does not matter as long as you are consistent with your units of measurement. If the ratio is lower than 0.5, then you are obviously in good shape.
- Test number two is to do with your triglycerides. Most people and many doctors think that triglycerides are actually a measure of how much fat you are eating when nothing can be further from the truth. You have to eat carbohydrates in order to elevate your triglycerides.
So if you have a fasting lipid panel, that will have your total cholesterol which includes LDL, HDL, and triglycerides on it.
If you are fasting triglycerides are elevated, that is a huge factor for developing Type-II diabetes further down the road. They are a huge risk factor for you, and it cannot be iterated anymore.
It even puts you at the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. So if your fasting triglycerides are high, that is the train whistle blowing, and you know what that means, it means that the train is coming and it will run over you, so you need to get off the metabolic tracks by correcting your diet and correcting your lifestyle.
- Test number three. C-peptide is a type of blood test that you can get either from your doctor or if your doctor refuses you can get this done at a lab company without an order from your doctor if your doctor is being contrary. C-peptide is made at the same time as your pancreas makes insulin.
So it is one of the very first things that will elevate if you are becoming hyperinsulinemic or insulin resistant which means that you are eating so many carbohydrates that your pancreas is having to work overtime to make extra insulin. This can happen anywhere from three to five years before you develop Type-II diabetes.
And so if you catch the C-peptide even one-tenth of the point above the reference range of normal for whatever reference range lab you are using. That is it. You are insulin resistant, or you have hyperinsulinemia.
Either way, you want to talk about its huge risk factor for developing metabolic syndrome but also ultimately Type-II diabetes.
- Test number four is very similar to C-peptide. It is about fasting insulin level. Now if you are already diabetic and take insulin, the fasting insulin level would not give you the information.
But if you are a non-diabetic or a pre-diabetic or if you are afraid you have metabolic syndrome, then a fasting insulin level will give you a great deal of information and can actually predict that you will develop Type-II diabetes, three to five years before you actually develop it.
If your fasting insulin level is even one-tenth of a point above the reference range of whichever lab you use, then you are at risk of Type-II diabetes anywhere from a year to five years from the date the test was taken.
- Test number five is a hemoglobin A1C or you may know it just as an A1C. What this gives us is a rough three month average of what your blood sugar has been running over the last three months.
It is much more useful information than checking a fasting blood sugar because you can be well on your way to developing Type-II diabetes or even pre-diabetes and have a normal fasting blood sugar, your a1c is going to tell on you, because you a1c checks glycation of your red blood cells every minute of every day for up to three months.
So if your hemoglobin a1c is even one-tenth of a point above the reference range of normal from whichever lab you use, then you are a pre-diabetic. It is to be noted that some reference labs give falsely high numbers so to counter that you should check if your a1c is above 5.6 then you are a prediabetic, and you are moving.
Within the next one to five years, you will become a Type-II diabetic if you do not take steps to reverse this syndrome before it gets out of hand.