29 million people or 9% of the population have Diabetes, a disease caused by poor regulation of glucose(sugar) in the bloodstream. It has likened to having shards of glass scraping the walls of the arteries all day long. It is impossible to have uncontrolled Diabetes and be a healthy person. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Close to 100 million Americans age 20 and older have a higher than normal blood sugar level causing Pre-Diabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010!
A recent study of 500 patients, measured Hemoglobin A1-c (HbA1-c), a commonly used medical test for elevated blood sugar levels. Using a simple fingerstick test, the study revealed 20% were positive for Pre-Diabetes. This also has strong implications for dental health. High blood sugar levels are a significant risk factor for developing periodontal disease.
We are now able to provide the HbA1-c test in our office. The results are available in 7 minutes. We encourage you to be tested.
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