The Pre-Diabetes Biomarkers identify metabolic abnormalities that may progress into diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body cannot efficiently metabolize foods, especially carbohydrates, resulting in impaired glycemic (blood sugar) control which may progress to diabetes when not properly treated or addressed through lifestyle changes.
SpectraCell’s Pre-Diabetes Risk Score is a way to estimate a patient’s risk of developing diabetes and associated complications such as heart disease or stroke. The following tests have the largest impact on the pre-diabetes risk score: hemoglobin A1c, fasting blood sugar and metabolic syndrome traits. Other factors that significantly affect a pre-diabetic risk but that are not included in this report include weight, blood pressure (hypertension), smoking, inflammation and family history.
Pre-Diabetes Panel Includes:
- Glucose – snapshot of blood sugar at time of blood draw
- Insulin – correlates to the efficiency with which a person can metabolize carbohydrates; high fasting levels indicate insulin resistance and possible pre-diabetes.
- Hemoglobin A1C – long term (2-3 months) marker of glycemic control; also considered a marker of accelerated aging
- C-peptide – a measure of endogenous insulin production; useful in distinguishing between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Adiponectin – a hormone that enzymatically controls metabolism; high levels beneficial and indicate efficient cellular energy production
- Metabolic syndrome traits – A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is confirmed if any three of the following six traits exist in a patient: (1) high triglycerides (2) high glucose (3) low HDL (4) high blood pressure (5) high waist circumference or (6) increased small dense LDL
Who is a Good Candidate for Cardio-Metabolic Testing?
Everyone! More than 20% of the population may appear to have “normal” cholesterol, but their lipoprotein particle, and therefore actual risk, could be much higher than expected. Otherwise, the following conditions increase risk factors and should consider testing:
- Overweight or obese
- Over 45 years old
- Physically inactive
- Immediate family history of cardiovascular disease
- Gestational Diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL (<40)
- High Triglycerides (>150)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Insulin Resistance or Glucose Intolerance
- Ethnicities including African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander American
I Have Diabetes. Now What?
Getting diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes can be scary, overwhelming, and devastating. The dietary advice you may receive after receiving the news usually just skims the surface and may leave you more confused as to which “blood sugar diet” to follow. Allow Nicole to assist you in navigating the jungle of dietary recommendations to truly get you a well-rounded dietary plan and therapeutic supplementation so that you balance your blood sugars and prime your metabolic pathways. Only eating “food for diabetics” and cooking separate meals for your family is the thing of the past with Nicole’s evidence based and new age approach to the way you eat.
CardioMetabolic-Panel (Click to View)