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Have you ever wondered how important your diagnostic lab results are to your diabetes control? Here’s the test you should be sure your Doctor runs for you.
What if by running the right tests, your physician could determine not only where your diabetes stands right now, but also whether it is progressing or reversing?
If you have diabetes and do not get a yearly lipid profile check up, be SURE to ask your doctor about it. This test measures the levels of total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Test results will indicate if you’re at risk for artery blockage. The most common artery blockage (and the leading cause of death) leads to heart attacks. Another risk is stroke. Sixty five percent of those with diabetes will die of a heart attack or stroke. Ideal results are:
a. Total Cholesterol – less than 150 mg%
b. LDL Cholesterol – Less than 70 mg%
c. Total Cholesterol : HDL Cholesterol Ratio – 3:1 or less
1/3 of heart attacks happen when one’s cholesterol is between 150 – 180 mg%.
Fasting Serum Insulin and Blood Sugar Levels
You may have already had one of the tests done. However, the combination of the two is used to calculate insulin resistance, and that is key to stopping the progression of diabetes. Insulin resistance increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks, can damage the pancreas, eyes and nerve endings, and is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. This test is important in knowing whether your body is getting more resistant to insulin or not. Our book covers the topic of insulin resistance and ways to reverse it. Because most physicians do not run the tests simultaneously, they may not know how to calculate the results. You may want to consider an evaluation by a physician at Lifestyle Center of America.
25-hydroxy Viamin D level
Most adults have suboptimal levels of Vitamin D. (anything less than 40 ng/ml of 25-hydroxyl Vitamin D) Suboptimal levels will put you at risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes; depression; psoriasis; and cancers of the skin, colon, breast, prostate, ovaries, and lymph glands. Other manifestations of vitamin D deficiency include osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to lack of energy which is prevalent in people with diabetes. Be sure to ask your doctor for the 25-hydroxy, not the 1,25-hydroxyl Vitamin D test, as the second test is not completely accurate. The most effective way to treat Vitamin D deficiency is with a supplement such as cholecalciferol.
The three powerful tests outlined above can help you and your physician stop the progression of your diabetes.
The results can outline areas of improvement. But it is up to you to make changes that will stop diabetes in its tracks and start reversing its progress