Diagnostic Tests and Packages – Introduction to Diabetes Profile

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They say the early you know about a problem, the better it is. Cannot deny it, right? Be it any problem in life, if we can address it when it’s small, we are higher chances of solving the problem. So is the case with health related issues. Take a snowball, it’s fun – you play with it. Roll it down a snowy hill, it becomes an avalanche. Lifestyle and Non communicable diseases are that snowball these days. Due to inaction in its early stages, the deaths due to them have become an epidemic. According to experts, 70% of deaths in such chronic conditions can be avoided if problem is detected early.

With early detection, preventive measures can be taken on time. This early detection is dependent hugely on knowing what can cause that disease and on getting the right health tests done. These health tests are done in Diagnostic Centers. Diagnostic Centers are a Rs. 15,000 Crore industry and growing at a healthy rate of 18%.

However, most of their business comes from people who are already sick and doctor prescribes tests for proper treatment. While, correct diagnosis is important for treatment, it is equally important that people who are prone to health problems get tested regularly. There are specific health tests to detect health problems which arise from busy and unhealthy lifestyle, genetics and factors such and age and gender.

In our previous blog, we did cover some information about Health Tests and their need. But we would like to share more information on the same.

Why Should I get a Health Test? I am Hail and Hearty!

That is great! However, several NCD’s have no symptoms until its’ too late. Many health issues such as heart disease and diabetes have high genetic disposition. So even if you are living a very healthy lifestyle you still have a risk to them. It is therefore imperative that you get checked for these health issues, periodically. The frequency of these tests – once a year or once every two years is dependant on your age and family health history. However, for people over the age of 35, an annual health check up is highly advisable.

At AllizHealth, we will bring you the right information about Health Tests and packages. We are starting a series of blogs where we will talk about key health tests and profiles. This should help you answer a lot of questions about what tests to go for when needed. We will cover:

  1. Diabetes Profile – For Checking Diabetes
  2. Thyroid Function Test – For checking hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
  3. Lipid Profile – To check for Heart Disease
  4. Kidney Function Test – To help identify problems with Kidneys

Let’s start with Diabetes test

Diabetes test – Can save your life

With estimated 62 Million people being diabetic in this country this is probably the most needed test for India. We believe everyone should get aDiabetes test 2 diabetes test done every two years and if there is a family member who has or had diabetes, the test should be done every year.

Now we come to the point of what is a diabetes test and what it means. Primary purpose of Diabetes profile is to see sugar levels in blood and urine. These are the three crucial Diabetes Test: 

  1. HbA1c : Also called Glycated Haemoglobin, is developed when haemoglobin cells join with glucose in the blood. Haemoglobin A1c helps in painting a picture of average blood sugar levels over a period of weeks/months.
  2. Fasting blood Sugar : Blood Sugar levels are checked in a blood sample taken after an overnight fast.
  3. Random Blood Sugar : Sugar levels in blood are checked by taking a sample of the blood at any random time of the day
  4. PP Blood Sugar : Once Fasting blood sugar sample is taken, person is given a sugary liquid and blood sugar levels tested after one or two hours. It helps determine if body is producing enough insulin to remove glucose from blood.

Diabetes test – Normal and Diabetic Ranges

Parameter Normal Pre-diabetes           Diabetes
HbA1c (%age) < 6% 6 – 6.4% >6.4%
Fasting blood glucose (mg/dL) <99 100-125 >=126
Random Blood Sugar mg/dL) <140 140-199 >200
PP Blood Sugar (mg/dL) <140 140-199 >200

 

Important Links –
Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy
Whats your Risk of Type II Diabetes …
Living with Diabetes in India
Diabetes Prevention & Management –Steps we can take
Diagnostic Tests and Packages – Thyroid Function Test
Diagnostic Tests and Packages – Lipid Profile

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About AllizHealth

AllizHealth provides you with tools and tracker to keep a tap on yours and your family’s health, Also a Health App. It also provides services like online booking of health packages, access to fitness and wellness centers or consulting a doctor for second opinion.  Click here to use AllizHealth Portal.

Services:

Digital Health Wallet

Now you can keep a track of your loved one’s health and live a happy life. Reduce fear of losing or misplacing vital health information. Manage self and family health data and access from anywhere in the world. Click here to use Digital Health Wallet.

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Labkhoj is health check-up and lab discovery platform where You can search, compare and book health test and package in your location at a discounted price.Click here to Book Health Tests.

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