I was tested and my sugar level was a little high.

In response to your asking, if I had been tested for diabetes, I was tested when I had all the blood work done. My sugar level was a little high. But it goes up and down. Sometimes it is low. I do not remember the number. But I do remember my doctor telling me by the time I am 30, I will be a full-blown diabetic. It’s genetic on my dad’s side. I can’t name a person on his side that does not have diabetes. I am now 27 years old. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Being genetic, I am going to assume there isn’t. And the last blood work I had was a year ago. Should I go back and have it redone?

I would suggest you talk to your doctor and specifically tell him/her about your dad’s family history if your doctor is unaware of your family history. Depending on when your blood glucose is taken at the doctor’s office (i.e. either fasting or 2 hours after a meal) will affect the test results. Your blood glucose should be 70 – 105 milligrams per deciliter fasting and it is normal for your fasting blood glucose to double within 2 hours after a meal. However, it should be below 140 milligrams per deciliter two hours after eating. Anything higher should be tested further. Ask your doctor. You should have your blood glucose tested at least once a year as a screening for diabetes considering your family history.

You can’t prevent diabetes completely and research points to causes other than what you eat, but overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes sooner rather than later. Until more is learned, lose weight and exercise to manage your blood glucose. Control carbohydrates and alcohol to lower your triglycerides.