Testing For Diabetes. How To Test For Diabetes?
I want to get tested for diabetes. What should I do? Here is what the book says. The only way to say for sure is to get your blood tested for diabetes. The blood tests are based on the fact that diabetes keeps glucose levels in the blood above normal all of the time. In case of diabetes your blood glucose levels may be high even if you haven’t eat recently, and body cannot process the extra glucose that flows in the blood after food intake.
The simplest way to detect diabetes is Random Plasma Glucose Tests. This tests checks the ammount of glucose in the blood at any given time and is done without fasting. If the ammount of glucose in your blood is 200 mg/dl or higher, you can be diagnosed with diabetes.
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The best way to diagnose diabetes is to use Fasting Plasma Glucose Test. This test conducted after 10 hours from your last meal. The blood is taken from a vein and the ammount of glucose present in the blood is measured. Usually after fasting, the ammount of glucose is less than 110 mgg/dl. But when the ammount of blood glucose is greater than 126 mg/dl, diabetes is suspected. In diabetes, excess glucose remain in the blood, even long after last meal., because it unable to penetrate inside the body’s cells. This is because insulin hormone level is insufficient or body have resistance to the insulin. Firm diagnosis of diabetes could be made after two fasting plasma glucose tests, done on different days, are over 126 mg/dl.
In case when glucose levels are greater than 110 mg/dl but less that 126 mg/dl, you can be diagnosed with prediabetes or Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG). This is not diabetes mellitus yet, but sometimes occurs before diabetes, usually type 2 diabetes, develops. Keeping your weight in the healthy range and exercising regularly will lower your chances of developing diabetes disease! Please remember this simple truth.
Certain pregnant women with absolutely no history of diabetes are at high risk for developing gestation diabetes. These are women who are 25 years of age or older, are overweight or obese, have a parent or sibling with diabetes, or are Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, or African American.
Remember, my friend, be prepared!
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