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Morning Edition Fazir Mohammed Interviews Robert Trestrail of Sagicor Insurance And Dr. Ames On SAGICOR LIFE’s Telehealth Benefits in Trinidad and Tobago

Insurance giant Sagicor has announced that they will be accepting telehealth service related medical claims in Trinidad and Tobago. Online platforms have been helping medical services stay functional during the current situation with COVID19 pandemic, and has made the concept of telehealth and telemedicine more acceptable in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sagicor is piloting the service for three months and will introduce telehealth claim benefits for the 1st time to Sagicor clients. Sagicor aims to help their clients through the challenging scenario COVID19 has created. Mr. Robert Trestrail, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sagicor said, “The offering is really designed to help us build our experience and support our clients in these difficult times of COVID”.

Morning Edition Fazir Mohammed interviews Robert Trestrail of Sagicor Insurance

Mr. Trestrail was remotely joined by Dr. Alexandra Ames who shed some light on the effectiveness of Telehealth services and explained the process she follows to decide which illness can be treated via telehealth and which ones need patients to physically visit the doctor’s clinic. Dr. Ames said, “I think communication is extremely important and this(telehealth) is just another way of communicating. We are taught in medical school that 80% of diagnosis is the history”. “I believe in listening to my patient and part of being able to listen is being able to increase access and I think that’s what it does”. She added, “I back my video consultations up with the fact that if in the course of the consultation either the patient or I realize that this is much more complicated than we initially thought, and I actually have to physically lay hands on the patient, then I bring the patient down at no extra cost to do that.”

Morning Edition Fazir Mohammed Interviews Doctor Alexandra Ames on Telehealth Services Trinidad

In his interview with Morning Edition, Mr. Trestrail said, “from a Sagicor perspective, we had the issue of telemedicine, we’ve been reviewing for many years. It’s not a new factor in the field of medical service providers. It’s been something you’ve seen on the international market for many years. In fact, when Dr. (Alexandra) Ames speaks, she’s a great advocate for this (telemedicine) and really a pioneer in Trinidad, and she has been promoting this type of engagement for the past, I would say 2 or 3 years”. 

Watch the full interview here: Morning Edition’s Fazir Mohammed Interviews Robert Trestrail of Sagicor and Dr. Alexandra Ames of Ames Medical Services

To initiate the project, Sagico has provided Dr. Ames and ten other medical practitioners with an online form for the claim. Once the medical examination is completed the medical practitioner will fill in the form and share it with the patient. In the next step, the patient will print and sign the form and email it to Sagico along with the receipt. In case the patient does not have necessary technical support required to complete this step, Sagico will process the claim in good faith based on the form submitted by the medical practitioner.

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Source: Morning Edition

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Top Tips For Your Medical Video Consultation

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Top Tips for a Successful Telehealth Consultation:

1. Be on time..to maximize the most of your appointment

2. You must have a device with internet connection, a mike and camera.

3. Have a Private space – remember this is a medical consultation. You want it to be confidential. Ideally lock the door and turn off phone ringers to minimize interruptions

4. Consider letting family/work colleagues know that you are in a virtual appointment to avoid interruptions. If you are in an open plan office consider going to your car.

5. Have your photographic ID ready so that we can identify you.

6. If you have insurance please have your Insurance Card ready if applicable.

7. Have a list of questions you want to ask and important points you wish to make

8. Have your medications or at list a list with dosages to hand

9. Have any relevant Test results to hand

10. Think about your clothing: If the lesion you wish to discuss is on your leg, consider wearing shorts…if on the arm, wear a tank top etc.

11. If you have any medical equipment like a Blood pressure machine, thermometer, blood glucose testing kit have these to hand as they can provide the doctor with additional information.

Advancement in technology has made Telehealth and medical video consultation a reality. Learn more about what is Telehealth and its benefits . Telehealth and Telemedicine services are  especially useful for patients who are housebound or are unable to show up at the doctor’s clinic due to time constraints. Follow the tips above in your next virtual medical appointment to make the most of your time.

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What is Telehealth/Telemedicine?

Telehealth and video consultation doctor in Trinidad and Tobago

 

What is Telehealth?

It a way for doctors and patients to have a consultation and exchange information and advice when they are not in the same place. This can be over telephone, video, email and whats app, using a telephone, smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Is it Secure?

lt is vital that confidentiality is maintained, so here at Ames Medical we use something called a HIPPA compliant system. This is not Whats app/Facetime . It is a medical grade system that is very secure. We never record you.

Isn’t this very New?

Ames Medical was as far as we know, the first video consultation service in T and T and we therefore have 3 years of experience delivering this service. We always knew that it was going to be a big part of the future, so we invested in a fantastic platform, not weeks ago or months ago, but YEARS ago.

Now, during the pandemic, many of you are also just beginning to see the usefulness of Telehealth. – No waiting rooms exposing you to other patient’s illnesses, for example.

But we think, and always did think, that Telehealth has a role to play in the future too.

What Conditions Can you deal with on Medical Video Consultation

Telehealth will never completely replace a doctor’s visit but it is a useful option for minor ailments, like red eye, UTI, sore throat, medication and results etc. Clink here for a useful video on other things it can be used for :

Conditions appropriate for Telehealth and Telemedicine – by Dr. Alexandra Ames

It is also very convenient – less time in traffic and away from work. No need to leave your comfy PJs and bed if you are feeling under the weather and don’t want to come out.

What Can you really Examine on Video?

There is a saying at Medical School: “The history (or the patient’s story) is 80% of the diagnosis.” The Examination is to confirm what we think..  So much more can be examined on video these days….human ingenuity is an amazing thing. We can barely keep up with all the technology coming out. Just look at the wearable devices you have in your own home that can provide information! Your FIT Bit, Your Blood Pressure machines, your Blood Glucose machines, Apart from that, Video gives us an awful lot of information we can’t see on the telephone. Like, how you are breathing, if you look jaundiced or anaemic; we can see rashes. The camera is so good that we can have a really good look at the back of the throat. Plus, our medical video consultations have always been backed up by the fact that if we both underestimated the situation wrong and during the video call we think we really need to see you face to face to be safe, we will convert your appointment to an in-house one at no extra cost.

How Can I get a Prescription?

We can email prescriptions, sick notes and helpful leaflets and advice.

How do I Pay?

You can pay online via Paypal, Wipay or by direct transfer to Ames Medical Services account. The best bit? Your Insurance company may even cover it! – Many like Sagicor Health are now seeing the benefit of Video consultations to their clients…so ask them.

Wars like this one have always bred culture change, and we think this is one of them. Don’t be afraid of it, we can still bring you down to be seen in office if we need to….and look out for the next blog Tips for a Successful Telehealth Consultation.

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How to Save Money on Medical Costs

We are all Hurting right now.

But Health is Wealth so we need to be able to prioritize the important things. Here are some tips for how to save money on medical bills and medication:

 

 

  1. Switch to generic. Not all generics are created equal, but there are some really good ones out there Like the APO and Sandoz brand. You can literally save hundreds of dollars on an antibiotic prescription by switching. Also brand names like Panadol and Tylenol are just bog standard Paracetamol AKA Acetaminophen:  You can save 50% or more by not buying brand names. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if switching to generic is an option for you. Important note: certain medications classes DO need to be always the same brand – like for example anti- epileptics . Once you have found a brand (either generic or branded) then stick to it.

 

 

2.Can you switch to a CDAP version of your drug? The chronic disease assistance program is for ALL nationals. Ask your doctor if this is an option for you….and they are free! Aspirin, Metformin, just to name a few

 

 

3.Consider going direct to the supplier like Smith Robertson or Oscar Francois to save money. You will need an order from your doctor so talk to her.

 

 

4. Consider buying scored tablets and cutting them in half. If you are on a drug like Euthyrox for example, this comes in a variety of doses. If you are on 50mcg, it may be cheaper to buy 100mcg tablets cut along the scored line….YOU CANNOT do this with all drugs but if they are scored you probably can. Long release tablets are not suitable for this because they have a coating which controls how quickly the drug is released. But it’s worth asking your doctor or pharmacist if this is an option for your drugs. Don’t take the decision on your own as you need to make sure this is safe for your medication.

 

 

5. Attend your regular medication reviews: This may seem like an upfront cost, but it can save you hundreds in the long run as you can take the opportunity to talk to your doctor about the possibility of switching to cheaper generics. You can also look at combination tablets, For example, Galvus Met is a combination of Galvus and Metformin and is cheaper in combination than when bought separately. If you are on three or more Blood pressure tablets also review with your doctor to see if a combination tablet might be cheaper, and lets face it, easier to remember to take. Also, if you find that the drugs are not working for you as expected, then it’s better to know and do something about it sooner rather than end up with an expensive emergency hospital bill if you become ill.

 

6. Consider a dose box or medication reminder app and take medications as prescribed. There is no point forgetting to take medicines you have paid for as not taking your medications regularly can cause you to become ill and again, end up with a trip to the ER or a Hospital admission.

 

7.Go for your chronic disease appointments regularly – asthma, diabetes etc, Uncontrolled illness may again land you with an even bigger ER or hospital bill than your GP appointment!

 

8. Prevention is Better than Cure: Check your Insurance policy to see if you have an annual medical benefit. Using this to have your health check will detect problems earlier and make them cheaper in the long run

 

9. You do NOT always need a pap smear or mammogram every year. If you are healthy with no previous abnormal smears it is fine to have pap smears every 3 years instead of annually. A mammogram is fine every 2 years unless your history or family history means you should have them more frequently. Talk to your doctor about this

 

10. Colonoscopies are the gold standard for detecting asymptomatic bowel cancer or polyps before they become malignant. Check your insurance policy to see if you have preventative coverage for this. If you don’t, and you don’t have the $4K it costs to have a screening colonoscopy, then talk to your doctor about having a special stool test called the FIT test instead. This detects microscopic blood int he stool that you and I cannot see with the naked eye.

 

 

11. Ask your insurance provider about switching to copay options. Lots of local insurers now offer these options. This means that if you may only have to pay a percentage of the cost of your doctor’s visit or medication bill up front, and they pay the rest direct to the provider….so you don’t have to pay the whole bill up front then wait for re-imbersment. This can be a life saver when cash flow is a problem.

 

12. Are you taking your asthma inhalers correctly? – spacer devices mean more of the drug gets into your lungs rather than hitting the back of the throat. This means less wastage, better control and studies have shown that spacer devices can be as good as nebulisers!

 

13. Are you storing your medications correctly? – For example,Insulin needs to be stored in the fridge. If not it may not work as well.

 

14. Get vaccinated! Again preventing hospital admission..

I hope you found this helpful. Call us for a virtual medication review if you don’t want to come in!

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Sleep in the time of COVID: Part 1: Struggling to Sleep

My Prescription for Sleep during the lockdown:

 

It can be tempting to relax our regular sleep routine while in lockdown…especially since we are not going to work, or working from home. .But this lack of, or change in routine can sometimes exacerbate insomnia. Many of us barely know what day it is far less the time! We need to try to maintain our normal sleep rhythms.

Many of us are also not able to exercise as we usually would, and our body is missing those endorphins. This coupled with increased anxiety over this crazy situation we are in, can really affect our sleep…and lets face it, when we can’t sleep…we feel even more anxious and crazy! Think about it: The Japanese used to use sleep deprivation as a form of torture!

 

 

As much as possible try to stick to a regular bed time, and still set an alarm for waking up, as well as one for going to sleep

 

Resist the temptation to nap during the day

Exercise in the morning at home and not after 5pm. Exercising too late in the day can make some people feel “reved up”

Watch out for “workout ” drinks and supplements. Many of them contain Caffeine or taurine or “Green tea extract” or “Coffee bean extract” These all are basically stimulants and can keep you up at night!

Avoid Cigarettes especially before bed.  Nicotine is a stimulant.

Try to limit yourself to caffeinated beverages in the morning only, and certainly not after 3pm.

Avoid an alcohol night cap if you are struggling to sleep…alcohol can interrupt our normal sleep patterns

Dinner time is important. Try to eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. Going to be too full can increase heartburn which can wake you up at night with pain or a cough. Remember: Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Dinner like a Pauper.

What you eat is also important. Foods high in Tryptophans like Turkey and chicken can help promote good sleep.

 

Practice good sleep hygiene: Ideally the bedroom should be for sleep and sex only….but if you are forced to stay there because you are in isolation then keep a window open, and leave the curtains open during the day to let natural light in.

 

If you are in isolation Try to have a desk and comfortable lounge chair in the bedroom so you resist the temptation to spend all day in bed. 

 

At night, limit noise and increase darkness by using black out curtains or an eye mask and ear plugs if you need to.

 

DO NOT look at any screens like TV, Computer,  phone or tablet an hour before bed. The bright light breaks down our natural melatonin.

 

Have a wind down ritual: A warm shower, doing a crossword or planning what you are going to do/wear  the next day can help your brain understand it’s time for bed.

 

Sometimes medical conditions like depression, anxiety, pain, hot flushes and night sweats and restless leg syndrome can interfere with our ability to fall asleep. If you think you may be experiencing any of these, talk to your Doctor. Further updates will give more information on medical conditions which can affect your sleep.

Certain medications like Steroids and Diuretics are best taken in the morning to avoid interfering with sleep. Another common problem is Migraine tablets or “Multi symptom day tablets” – These sometimes contain caffeine. If they do, try to use these only during the day or use some without caffeine if this affects you. The common decongestant “Phenylephedrine” can also make children and some adults feel “hyper”

 

 

If you are still struggling try two Camomile tea bags in hot water and allow to draw for six minutes. You can add honey to this if you are not Diabetic. Camomile actually works on the same receptors int he brain as sleeping tablets!

 

 

You can also try 5mg of Melatonin, available over the counter, an hour before bed. This has been shown to be even more effective if you are over the age of 55.

Look out for my next update which will be on how to deal with waking up at night.

Night Night and Sleep Tight!

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ECG test for heart health

Quickly Understanding the ECG Procedure

ECG or the Electrocardiogram is a painless bedside test that looks at how the electricity is conducted throughout your heart. It records the electrical signals in your heart to monitor heart health.

An ECG test is conducted to investigate:

1. Palpitations
2. Arrhythmias
3. Chest pain
4. Shortness of breath
5. Hypertension

heart health test

ECG Procedure

An ECG is simple procedure which can be conducted quickly in a doctor’s clinic.

In an ECG test, Stickers like electrodes, also known as ECG Electrodes are stuck on to the chest wall, and sometimes the arms and legs of the patient. These electrodes are sensors which detect electrical activities in your heart and gives us information about it. These electrodes are connected by wires to a machine.

Electrocardiogram for heart health condition

This machine gives us a print out which a medical doctor can read. It is not painful, and you cannot get shocked because it is measuring the flow of electricity in your heart not putting any electricity into your heart!

Sometimes, a particularly hairy man might have to have some small patches of hair shaved from his chest first, so that the stickers can stick to his skin properly.

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copper coil and birth control for women

Difference Between Copper Coil IUD and Mirena Coil IUS

What is Copper IUD Insertion?

An example of a long acting, reversible Non-hormonal method is the Copper coil. (Also called the IUD) This is a small T shaped copper device that is inserted into a woman’s womb and can be left there for up to 5-10 years depending on the brand/device.

This is done in a normal Doctor’s office without anesthetic and is a bit like having a pap smear done as a speculum is used. This device works as the copper has a spermicidal effect (it kills sperm) and it also, prevents the implantation in the womb of a fertilized egg. If a woman wishes to become pregnant after having it fitted, copper coil IUD can be removed at any time and there will be no delay in return to fertility.

copper coil and birth control for women

It is good for women who prefer not to have hormones in their bodies. The downside is that it can sometimes make the periods heavier and a little more painful but not in everyone.

What is Mirena coil Insertion?

In contrast the Mirena coil (Also called the IUS) lasts up to five years and does contain one hormone, Progesterone which is released slowly very locally into the womb. It acts by thinning the lining of the womb to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting.

In some women, it also inhibits ovulation. (stops the ovaries from releasing an egg each month). The advantage is that Mirena coil significantly reduces blood flow and so the period becomes much lighter. In some women, the period may even temporarily stop altogether after many months of use. This is not harmful and many women prefer this.

many women prefer Mirena coil in case of heavy periods

For this reason, Doctors rarely have to remove the womb (hysterectomy) just for heavy bleeding anymore. It is therefore ideal for women who suffer with heavy periods. A disadvantage is that some women can get irregular bleeding especially during the first 3 months of use. This tends to settle doesn’t but doesn’t always. Again, it can be removed at any time if a woman wishes to become pregnant.

Any Risks Involved?

During insertion both types of coils carry a 1/1000 risk of perforation (the womb being punctured) and because the womb is a muscle in 1/20 cases the coil can be pushed out although generally if this is going to happen it will happen in the first 3 weeks. For this reason, all women should return for a coil check 3-6 weeks after insertion.

All women must return for a copper coil or Mirena coil check 3-6 weeks after insertion

Women who have pelvic infections or who have multiple partners and are therefore at higher risk of pelvic infections should consider another method.

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Sexual Health and Importance of STD and STI Testing

Sexual health is often neglected. Usually people are very shy to discuss their sexual health and talk about STDs and STIs. There is a social stigma toward the subject. But since there are 340 million cases around the world the awareness needs to increase.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted through sexual intercourse between two people and are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal diseases. More than 1 million infections are reported daily. There is a thin line between STDs and STIs. STI stands for sexually transmitted infection and may not develop into a disease. You can think of STI’s as the initial stage of an STD.

If left unchecked, STI and STD can have serious repercussions. For example, mother-to-child transmission of STIs can result in stillbirth, neonatal death, low-birth-weight and prematurity, sepsis, pneumonia, neonatal conjunctivitis, and congenital deformities.

If left unchecked, STI and STD can have serious repercussions. For example, mother-to-child transmission of STIs can result in stillbirth, neonatal death, low-birth-weight and premature birth, sepsis, pneumonia, neonatal conjunctivitis, and congenital deformities.

The various symptoms of STIs and STDs:

  • Rashes near the genital area
  • Warts and sores near anus, mouth and genitals
  • Swelling and redness, bleeding and painful urination.
  • Fever, sweating, chills and itchiness
  • Painful sex and discharge of fluids from the genitals

If any of the following symptoms are found in a person, then the said person needs to immediately contact a medical doctor. The doctor may suggest various tests and treatments. It is extremely necessary to cure STDs and STIs as they have a risk of transmission and dissemination to another person in case of any sexual activity.

Ways to control STDs are:

  • Providing necessary sexual health education and awareness
  • Using Condoms
  • Practice monogamy and restricting the number of sexual partners
  • Regular STD and STI checkups.

The major types of STDs and STD tests:

Chlamydia: Chlamydia is caused by Chlamydia Trachomatis. It only affects humans and is an extremely common cause of genital and eye diseases. But women often don’t show symptoms of these diseases. Painful intercourse, bleeding between periods, rectal infections and discharge of fluids are the most common symptoms of Chlamydia. A urine test or a swab of discharge from the cervix for culture or antigen testing which is called a Pap test is used to determine chlamydia.

Chancroid: Also, known as soft chancre and ulcus molle, is caused by bacteria called streptobacillushaemophilusducreyi. This causes sores in genitals and is very common among sex workers. As soon as a person is infected, they start developing bumps which turn into ulcers. It may bleed as well.  Diagnosis is usually done by identifying bacteria Hemophilus ducreyi in a culture from a genital ulcer. A Gram stain test might be misleading.

Genital herpes: Herpes is a recurring condition in human beings. They are of two types which are Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is acquired through straws, utensils and surfaces. The most common symptoms may include: 

  • Blisters or ulcers
  • Pain while urination
  • Fever, cold sores

PCR test and cell culture can be used to identify herpes. The PCR test identifies the existence of the virus’s DNA by examining fluids from the genitals.

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B can be caused by unsafe sex, unsterilized syringes, drinking infected breast milk, getting pricked by sharp objects etc. It results in liver failure which can eventually lead to cancer. Though it can be prevented using vaccinations. A simple blood test, liver ultrasound or liver biopsy can identify Hepatitis B.

HIV/ AIDS: Human immuno deficiency syndrome intervenes with the immune system leaving the host to fall prey to infections and diseases. HIV is transmitted through:

  • Sexual intercourse
  • Blood to blood contact
  • Breast feeding
  • Needles and syringes

If you are looking for STD STI Testing center in Trinidad, the book an appointment with the medical professionals at Ames Medical Service.

      

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Learn about Diabetes Test Treatment and Symptoms

Diabetes Test Treatment and Symptoms

What causes diabetes?

There are two types of Diabetes; Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system starts to destroy beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Insulin plays a major role in controlling the body’s blood sugar levels. This renders the body incapable of producing insulin which causes diabetes; also known as autoimmune reaction.

Early diagnosis and prevention can help slow down the damage and retain normal insulin production. It is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the glucose levels in your body spike, also known as Hyperglycemia. The body needs glucose for energy and the pancreas help convert this glucose into energy by producing insulin, which is a hormone. The causes of diabetes can be any of the following;

  • Hereditary
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Environmental factors
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Genetics

What causes Type 2 Diabetes?

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Type 2 Diabetes is usually seen in adults as opposed to children, but reports show that more and more children are being affected by this disease. Type 2 diabetes is said to occur when to body becomes resistant to insulin. This means that the body becomes incapable of using insulin as it should. To elaborate, it means that your body may be able to produce insulin, but is unable to break the glucose down, resulting in a glucose build up in the body. Genetics and lifestyle are some of the most common causes of type 2 diabetes.

The causes of type 2 diabetes include various factors such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor food habits
  • Age
  • Family History

The causes of gestational diabetes remains unknown, but is said to occur if the mother or fetus is overweight, or if the mother is diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome. Another cause of gestational diabetes is the placental hormones that help a baby develop. These hormones cause insulin resistance in the mother’s body, causing diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Find out Symptoms of Diabetes

In many cases Diabetes can go undiagnosed for several days due to lack of symptoms. There are many symptoms to look out for. The symptoms may differ for men and woman, however, some of the symptoms are common for both. Common symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent Urination
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
  • Constant thirst and hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches

Rise in Diabetes in Trinidad

Statistics show that there are more than 200,000 people living with diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago. According to the Diabetes association of T&T, this figure is seeing a rapid increase. The disease is on the rise and there are many measures put in place by the Government to curb the rapid spread of it. The authorities are trying to bring about a change in the outlook of the people by creating awareness and educating them about the effects of diabetes.

Schools have stopped the sale of sugary drinks to help prevent juvenile diabetes. The powers that be are assessing the situation and are doing everything they can to negate the rapid spread of diabetes before it spirals out of control. They are encouraging healthy eating habits and regular exercise to maintain good health and prevent diabetes. People with diabetes and prediabetes should take cognizance of the issue and proactively run regular health checks and live healthy in order to prevent the disease. Education is the only way to prevent this chronic disease.

Rise in Diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago

Diabetes Test

HB A1C or Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test:

This test measures the percentage of your hemoglobin that is covered with sugar. Hemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen. This test indicates the average blood sugar levels for the past three months. A1c below 5.7 is considered normal. Anything >5.7and <6.4 indicates prediabetes. A diabetic patient will have A1C levels exceeding 6.5

Random plasma glucose (RPG) test:

An RPG can be done at any given time and does not need for the patient to have fasted. A person with a random blood sugar level of 200 milligrams per or higher is considered diabetic.

Fasting blood sugar test

A blood sample is drawn after 12 hours of fasting. If the blood sugar level is > 126 mg/dL you have diabetes.

Oral glucose tolerance test:

This test is commonly used during pregnancy for diagnosing gestational diabetes. It includes 2 separate tests. The first sample is drawn post a 12 hour fast and the second after consuming food. A blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL is normal. A reading of more than 200 mg/dL after two hours indicates diabetes.

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Treatment and Care for Diabetes

Your treatment will start after diagnosing your condition. Treatments differ for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Usually insulin and oral medications are used for the treatment of diabetes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regulating your diet will also play an important role in the treatment of diabetes. Depending on the type of diabetes you have been diagnosed with, your Caregiver will prescribe certain medications and will ask you to refrain from certain food groups.

It is important to check your sugar levels frequently and visit you doctor at regular intervals. Screening and prevention of diabetes is the only way to curb the deadly disease, and there is no one better than you to take ownership of your own health and well-being.

If you need to get yourself tested for Diabetes then book an appointment with medical professionals at Ames Medical Services.

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