Going to the Doctor Only When We Feel Sick and the Glycated Hemoglobin Test: Why It's Not Enough
Waiting to feel unwell before visiting the doctor is like calling the plumber only when the house is already flooded. Often, when insatiable thirst, lion-like hunger, or frequent trips to the bathroom (yes, the famous triad of the three "P's": polyuria, polyphagia, and polydipsia) make their star appearance in our lives, it could be a sign that our blood sugar is having an uncontrolled party.
Why Not Rely Solely on How We Feel?
The human body is a complex machine, and sometimes, symptoms are the last to arrive at the party. The fasting glucose test and the A1c test, or glycated hemoglobin, are like silent guardians warning us of invaders (high sugar levels) long before the alarm (symptoms) sounds.
The Importance of the A1c Test
Imagine that your blood is a highway and glucose, travelers with a suitcase full of sugar. When there are too many travelers, the highway becomes saturated. The A1c test is like the traffic count of the last three months, giving us the average number of travelers on our blood highway. If that number is high, it's time to set up tolls (treatments) to control the flow.
Healthy Living: The Best Preventive Treatment
Physical activity is like the maintenance crew for our blood highway, helping to keep the flow of travelers moving and preventing glucose from building up.
When High A1c Doesn't Mean Diabetes
Did you know that having a high A1c doesn't automatically make you diabetic? It's like being accused of a crime without having been at the scene; other conditions can influence those numbers.
Precision Medicine: The Future is Here
Instead of waiting to feel ill, precision medicine is like a private detective analyzing our saliva for clues about future health problems. It's like having a scientific crystal ball at our disposal.
Conclusion: Don't Wait to Feel Sick, Take Control
In summary, let's not wait for the body to scream to pay attention. Precision medicine offers us a detailed map of our health, allowing us to act before symptoms appear.
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