Knowing your risk can lead to prevention of disease
“Diabetes is a terrible problem in Oklahoma, with more than 300,000 people diagnosed with the disease,” said Matthew T. Draelos, M.D., FA.C.E. “But even more alarming is the fact that many people have the disease and don’t know it. In addition, many do not even know that they are at risk for developing diabetes. Now, we have a way to help identify those individuals early, before they develop diabetes.”
The new screening expands our cadre of diabetes diagnosis and management tools. It’s called PreDX and combines seven laboratory tests into one.
“PreDX uses a simple blood test to measure a range of different biomarkers in your body that are linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes,” Draelos said. “Combined, these measurements provide you a personalized score of 1 to 10 that reflects your risk of developing diabetes in the next five years.”
Draelos Metabolic Center will offer the PreDX screening tests to the public on three Fridays in November.
About three weeks from the date of the test, you will receive an easy-to-understand report from Draelos Metabolic Center, providing the result of each lab test and explaining your diabetes risk score, which tells you if you are at high, moderate or low risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Please note: the PreDX
Diabetes Risk Score is completed and billed by Tethys, Inc. Tethys provides the results of your PreDX screening and Diabetes Risk Score to Draelos Metabolic Center.
“Having a high score does not mean someone will get diabetes,” Draelos said. “But it can be an important warning sign. Prevention is key and certainly preferable to treatment of diabetes. In many cases, diabetes can be prevented by making lifestyle changes like losing weight, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising.”
For additional information on the PreDX screening, contact Draelos Metabolic Center at (405) 330-2362 .
In Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.