Prior to being diagnosed with diabetes, a person will first show signs of insulin resistance. During this stage, your cells need more insulin than usual to force sugar into the cells. Once insulin resistance develops, receptor sites become over-saturated and sugar can no longer get into the cells. The extra sugar is converted into triglycerides. Checking your triglyceride level is one of many markers for insulin resistance and diabetes.
There is not just one lab test, but an array of labs that can help determine your risk of insulin resistance. For instance, an elevated triglyceride level is one of the first signs of insulin resistance and can be identified prior to a diabetes diagnosis. Other important lab values include insulin and hemoglobin A1C. Insulin is secreted by your pancreas and elevated levels are another marker for insulin resistance. Hemoglobin A1C, or HgbA1C, looks at your average blood sugars over the course of the previous 3 to 4 months. Just monitoring your blood sugar or glucose in the morning is not enough. A person can be insulin resistant and still have perfectly normal blood sugar levels. Be proactive and understand your potential risk before it’s too late. If you would like these tests added on at your next follow-up lab appointment, just ask Erin for pricing.
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