Type 2 Diabetes Guide

What is a Diabetes Blood Test?

A is a simple procedure where a blood sample is taken, and the glucose in the blood measured to determine . Although there are , the test is the one most commonly used.

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For this test, you'll be asked not to eat for a minimum of 8 hours prior to the test. For this reason, many people prefer to do it first thing in the morning after they've fasted all night while sleeping. Fasting up to 12 hours is permitted.

People with diabetes have high blood glucose levels and may show signs of (note: diabetes is not the only reason for high blood glucose levels, but it is one of the most common).

  • Normal fasting blood glucose in a person without diabetes is between 70 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl (or 3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L).

  • The pre-diabetic range is from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L).

  • A blood glucose level of 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) indicates diabetes, if the results are consistent on at least two tests on different occasions.

If you have been showing , you should discuss them with your doctor as soon as possible. A diabetes blood test can end the uncertainty. If the test results suggest that you have the disease, your doctor will repeat the test at a different time to confirm that you have diabetes. Another test called the A1C test may also be recommended by your doctor. This test measures the average blood sugar levels over a 3-month period. This test, as well as others, may also be done to determine whether you have Type 1 or .



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