In 2009, 1,812,000 [million] new cases of diabetes was reported, up 100,000 [approx] from the previous year. One should have their glucose [blood sugar] checked as part of the yearly physical health checkup.
You should ask for an A1c [hemoglobin A1c] test which measures your glucose over the past 3 months. Red blood cells live an average of 3 months. Normally excess glucose binds to new red blood cells and the A1c captures this. Your results are presented in % [percentile]. To find out your daily average glucose use this formula.
28.7 X A1c – 46.7 = your daily average glucose
Normal is 60/70 to 99 mg/dl
Prediabetes is 100 to 125 mg/dl
Diabetes is 126 mg/dl and above
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