As I have shared with you previously, diabetes is a disease which is prevalent in my family. In particular, my mother and father both have type 2 diabetes. Often this is one of risks associated with you being diagnosed as well.
I knew this would be a conversation I would need to have with my primary care physician the next time I visited with her.
She has closely monitored my risk for diabetes over the last couple of years. Seven years ago, she shared with me I was a person with pre-diabetes. But my risk was reduced when I began to closely attend to my own health and lost over 100 pounds. After a year of hard work, I was no longer identified with pre-diabetes.
But before this conversation about the ADA risk test could happen, I found myself in Boston at the American Diabetes Association’s annual Scientific Sessions.
At the Novo Nordisk booth in the exhibit hall, they offered free A1C tests to any meeting attendees who would like to take it.
If you aren’t familiar with the A1C test, it’s a test that is used to diagnose diabetes, and to keep tabs on blood sugar control over time for those who have diabetes.
You can learn more about the history of this particular test, here.
It was a simple blood test where my finger was stuck once. Though I am not the type of guy who likes seeing blood or having blood taken (even a small amount), I put on a smile and a brave face for the cameras. And in the end, I have to say, it really didn’t hurt (that much)!
I got my results back immediately and scored a 5% which in the “normal” or acceptable range. I breathed a sigh of relief with gratitude. Here’s what my actual test result looked like.
So on my next visit to my primary care physician, I will share this test result.
I know for some people living with diabetes, the check-up with their doctor can be anxiety producing when it is time to take the A1C test. But, as I have learned in my journey, it is important to stay in close contact with your doctors and follow their instructions regarding testing as recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Talk to your doctor about whether you need to take an A1C test today. It’s always better to know the facts. I’m glad I did.