If you have a family history of diabetes, your blood sugars need regular monitoring to ensure you’re in good health. Dr. Alla Khalfin offers prediabetes screenings at her Syosset, New York medical practice to protect you from the complications of prediabetes and the progression to Type II diabetes. She offers preventive guidance, including an effective weight loss program, to help you better manage your diet and avoid diabetes. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about prediabetes screenings.
Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than average, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. If you don’t make necessary lifestyle changes, prediabetes can progress to Type II diabetes.
Insulin is a hormone your pancreas makes and plays a role in your metabolism. It helps your cells absorb glucose from the foods you eat, which converts to energy. Type II diabetes occurs when your body produces insufficient insulin or doesn’t utilize it efficiently.
Prediabetes typically doesn’t have any symptoms. Only through routine blood tests can Dr. Khalfin determine your risk for developing Type II diabetes.
However, if your prediabetes condition is progressing to diabetes, you may experience:
Several factors can increase your risk of developing prediabetes, including:
Members of certain races may also be at higher risk for developing prediabetes, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders.
If you maintain a large waist size, you may also be at higher risk for prediabetes and can develop insulin resistance.
When you have insulin resistance, the cells in your fat, liver, and muscles don’t respond effectively to insulin. That disrupts the way your body absorbs glucose from your bloodstream, causing your body to need more insulin to help glucose enter cells.
Your body continues to produce more insulin to keep up with the demand, but in time, it may fail. Without sufficient insulin, more glucose builds up in your blood, leading to prediabetes, Type II diabetes, or other serious medical complications.
The exact cause of insulin resistance is unknown. However, being overweight and lacking routine physical activity contribute to the condition’s development.
In most cases, Dr. Khalfin works closely with you to create a healthy exercise plan to keep you active. She also reviews your diet and eating habits, helping you revise your nutritional plan to achieve a healthy weight.
She can even provide you with information on the medically supervised weight loss program she offers.
Her goal in treating prediabetes is to improve your overall health and prevent other medical conditions, including diabetes, from developing.
*Individual results may vary