Diabetes is a condition that has continued to affect more and more people over the years in the United States. As of 2014, around 21 million people have been diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. alone – and that’s not taking into account the estimated 8.1 million people that have undiagnosed diabetes. What might be even more worrisome is that roughly 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is when your blood sugar level is higher than it should be but isn’t high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Basically, it means that you are at risk of developing diabetes – 15 to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes end up developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Unfortunately, almost 90 percent of people with pre-diabetes are not aware that they have it, which is why it’s so important to get pre-diabetes testing. To understand why all of this is important, you need to understand what diabetes actually is.
Type 1 Vs. Type 2 Diabetes
There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The following are the differences:
- Type 1 diabetes – Only 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes suffer from type 1 diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the cells that release insulin. Without insulin, the body’s cells have difficulty absorbing glucose (sugar), which it needs in order to produce energy.
- Type 2 diabetes – Although it generally develops during adulthood, type 2 diabetes can develop at any age. It is the most common form of diabetes and results in the body being unable to use insulin right away.
Both forms of diabetes increase the risk of blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.
About Dr. Robert S. Enelow
As a member of the faculty of Georgetown University, he continues to mentor medical students. He has a special interest in vaccines, conducting research in numerous vaccination protocols, including influenza, avian flu, plague and anthrax. He has also conducted clinical research in hypertension, high cholesterol and the prevention of heart disease.
- Georgetown University Medical School Teacher of the Year, D.C. General Hospital – 1992
- Washingtonian Magazine, Top Doctor, Internal Medicine – 2012, 2014, 2015
Should You Be Tested?
Anyone over the age of 45 should begin to get tested for diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. There are also a number of risk factors that you should be on the lookout for. If you meet any of the following risk factors, then you should also be tested for prediabetes:
- You have a body mass index that’s above 25
- You are inactive
- You have a family history of diabetes
- You are African American, American Indian, Asian-American, Hispanic or a Pacific Islander
- You have high blood pressure
- You have abnormal cholesterol levels
- You have a history of polycystic ovary syndrome
Types of Pre-Diabetes Tests
There are a number of pre-diabetes tests that may be used. All of these tests involve taking blood samples in order to identify your blood sugar levels. These include the following:
- Glycated hemoglobin test
- Fasting blood sugar test
- Oral glucose tolerance test
If it’s determined that you have pre-diabetes, further testing will be required.
What to Expect from Dr. Enelow
- Contacting Dr. Enelow – Call Dr. Enelow at 202-728-9630 or email Dr. Enelow to schedule an appointment.
- Appointment – As one of the top Washington, DC internists, Dr. Enelow will meet with you to discuss and diagnose your medical needs. You’ll never feel rushed or unimportant, and Dr. Enelow takes great pride in providing every single patient the highest-quality of care possible.
- Payment – Dr. Enelow does not charge an annual retainer fee and does not accept insurance. The first comprehensive visit is approximately $800 – $1,100, depending on your visit and medical needs. Most 30-minute visits are $250 – $400.
- Filing Insurance Claims – Our office files all of your claims to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Why Choose Dr. Enelow?
Dr. Enelow can provide you with an accurate pre-diabetes test as well as further diabetes screenings if necessary. He believes in creating a long-term relationship built on trust and will help manage all of your overall health issues. To schedule an introductory conversation, be sure to contact Dr. Enelow today.
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