Learn more about type 2 diabetes from Dr. Jackness and Dr. Gage in this episode and how at Park Avenue Endocrinology they will be able to take care of you at every turn of this disease.
Dr. Jackness: Pre diabetes was a term that was developed several years ago and it uses the hemoglobin A1C as a way to stratify risk. Hemoglobin A1C refers to the percentage of sugar attached to the red blood cells so its approximator of about a three month average blood sugar and a level of 6.5 and above diagnosis diabetes. 5.7 to 6.4 is termed the increased risk category of diabetes and it's really 10 to 40 percent within 10 years will get diabetes if their diagnosed with pre diabetes. When someone comes to the office here, we're really hoping that they only have pre diabetes.
Dr. Gage: A lot of patients when they hear diabetes and if they have a family where they've known relatives to have developed horrible disease, they're very scared in fact a lot of those patients will purposely not come in. The first thing I tell them is that A. this is going to be most likely controllable very much with an environmental change and a lifestyle change. This is in particular true with somebody who is overweight or obese and maybe not need medication. B. We have a drug that we've used very successfully for many years now called metformin. Second thing that I tell the patient is they're many options that your not going to need insulin most likely if we play the game right here. For some reason people still are fearful of insulin, I don't blame them, it's a shot , they think of the old insulin diabetics and they don't realize that we've improved a lot with using insulin but in between that is a whole armada of drugs. So patients should not fear being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
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