How do you get checked for prediabetes?
Your doctor or other healthcare provider will test you for prediabetes. Given that the risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, Diabetes Canada recommends individuals get screened by testing fasting plasma glucose and/or A1C every three years as of the age of 40. If you have other risk factors, you should be testing more frequently and even earlier.
How is prediabetes managed?
Blood sugar management for prediabetes is particularly important given that long-term complications associated with diabetes can start even at the prediabetes stage. In some cases, adopting healthy lifestyle changes with a good diet and regular exercise may be enough to keep blood sugar levels on track. Medications (e.g., metformin) can also be an effective means of helping manage prediabetes too.
Be sure to talk to your physician or other healthcare provider about strategies that are best for you.
Here are some tips for starting on metformin.