The quality of the food we eat has really deteriorated. Fast food has become more readily available. The food we buy in the supermarket contains harmful ingredients, particularly the ones marketed as “healthy”. Even fruits and vegetables have a fraction of the vitamins and minerals they had when we were children. No wonder there is an increase in diet-related illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes. With advanced lipid and diabetes testing, you can know whether you have or are soon to have heart disease or diabetes. Therefore, you start your recovery sooner.
Lipids are fat-like substances found within the blood stream. The most commonly known lipids are cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol acts like a scab on the interior wall of a vein or artery, when acid has damaged the vein or artery. However, the scab is not smooth, so it attracts a build-up of plaque that can restrict blood flow or even cut it off completely. If it happens in the heart, it can result in a heart attack. If it happens in the brain, you can suffer a stroke.
With a quick blood test you can know your lipid count and your genetic and other abnormalities that increase risk of cardiovascular disease. If you are at risk, we can put you on a treatment program designed to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar). Either the pancreas produces insufficient insulin, and/or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), and they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia). Diabetes testing can let you know what type of diabetes you may have or are at risk of having.
There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1 DiabetesThe body does not produce insulin. Some people may refer to this type as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People usually develop Type 1 diabetes before their 40th year, often in early adulthood or teenage years. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are Type 1.
Type 2 DiabetesThe body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance). Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide comprise Type 2. Some people may be able to control their Type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring their blood glucose levels. However, Type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease. It gradually gets worse and the patient will probably end up having to take insulin, usually in tablet form.Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of visceral fat, also known as central obesity, belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Overweight/obesity causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems. Being overweight, physically inactive, and eating the wrong foods all contribute to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases as we get older. Experts are not completely sure why, but say that as we age we tend to put on weight and become less physically active.
Gestational DiabetesThis type affects females during pregnancy. Some women show very high levels of glucose in their blood, and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose. Diagnosis of gestational diabetes is made during pregnancy. The majority of gestational diabetes patients can control their diabetes with exercise and diet. Between 10% to 20% of them will need to take some kind of blood-glucose-controlling medications. Undiagnosed or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can raise the risk of complications during childbirth. The baby may be bigger than he/she should be.Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University found that women whose diets before becoming pregnant were high in animal fat and cholesterol had a higher risk for gestational diabetes, compared to their counterparts whose diets were low in cholesterol and animal fats.
Proper treatment can control all types of diabetes. Without it, the patient may experience a significantly higher risk of developing complications. The first step in controlling diabetes is diabetes testing.