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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

Diabetes Awareness Month: Going Above and Beyond in Diabetes Detection

at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about a disease that affects millions worldwide and is often undiagnosed until later stages. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we believe in understanding the full spectrum of risks associated with diabetes, especially since it plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease. This focus allows us to guarantee you arterial wellness for a lifetime.

Why Diabetes Matters for Your Heart

Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, isn't just about managing high blood sugar. Its implications run deeper, affecting numerous organs, including the heart. Insulin resistance and diabetes are major contributors to inflammation in the body, which, in turn, significantly elevates one’s risk for cardiovascular disease.

Understanding the relationship between diabetes and heart disease underscores the importance of early detection and comprehensive testing. Traditional testing, which typically involves measuring fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c levels, provides a snapshot of one’s blood sugar status. However, these tests alone can often miss subtle signs of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Why We Do the Glucose Tolerance Test

The glucose tolerance test is part of our comprehensive testing and a crucial tool in our arsenal against diabetes. It is not just another test but a more detailed examination of how your body responds to sugar. By administering glucose orally and then measuring blood sugar levels at different intervals, we can gauge how efficiently the body processes sugar after a meal. This dynamic perspective can reveal abnormalities even when fasting blood sugar levels seem normal.

Regular screening for diabetes often stops at measuring fasting blood sugar and HbA1c. The latter provides an average of your blood sugar over the past three months. While these are valuable markers, relying solely on them could miss the bigger picture. In fact, just looking at fasting blood sugar and HbA1c might overlook about half of those who are truly insulin resistant.

Our Commitment to Comprehensive Care

Upon identifying diabetes or its precursors, we take a proactive and tailored approach to your treatment. By utilizing continuous glucose monitors, we help to track real-time insights into blood sugar patterns. This, combined with our personalized lifestyle and nutrition recommendations, empowers our patients to take control of their health, enabling them to make informed decisions and implement meaningful changes.

This Diabetes Awareness Month, we invite you to prioritize your health. Understand the risks, get tested comprehensively, and take steps to ensure your heart's health for years to come.

If you are interested in preventing diabetes or have been struggling with your A1C above 5.5, please call us at (614) 412-1157 to make an initial appointment. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we're here to guide and support you every step of the way.

To learn more about our comprehensive approach to preventative health and the services we offer, please contact The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio at (614) 412-1157. Let's work together to prioritize nutrition, establish healthy habits, and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in our community. We provide a guarantee of arterial wellness; no heart attack or stroke - or your money back!

Book your appointment today by calling us at (614) 412-1157.


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