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What tests are used to diagnose my type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
FPG: Fasting plasma glucose test is a preferred test that measures blood sugar levels. It is less expensive, convenient and easy to do. There are also hemoglobin A1c tests and oral glucose tolerance tests.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Diabetes screening: Blood tests are used to diagnosed diabetes. See link below to see if you are at risk for prediabetes/diabetes. https://www.facebook.com/americandiabetesassociation/app_283844141683657.
Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Try Pre-DX: The relatively new tests that use a multiplicity of diabetic "biomarkers" are very useful in accessing a person's potential for dm. These tests use a farely complex approach (mathematical analysis) to markers which analyze fat, carbohydrate and protein healthy metabolism. You get a score which your provider can "interpret" and give you an better informed approach to diabetes prevention.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What medicines are used to treat type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Oral and injectable: In the US, there are 11 classes of meds approved for t2 diabetes. The most commonly used oral meds are Metformin (which help lower glucose from liver), sulfonylureas and glinides (which increase insulin production), TZDs (lower Insulin resistance) and DPP-4 inhibitors (increase insulin, lower liver glucose). Common injectables are insulin and GLP-1 agonists (like DPP-4 inh but also lower weight).
A 36-year-old member asked:

How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Many options: Symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, excessive urination, fatigue can point you to the possibility of diabetes.To diagnose you have 4 ways:1)fasting bs>/=126, 2)oral glucose tolerance test (drinking a high carbohydrate drink)2 hr after the drink with bs>/=200 mmol/dl 3)hba1c>6.5% or 4) random bs>200 mmol/dl with the symptoms described above.You need 2 positive tests to confirm diagnosis.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can caduet be used by someone with type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Richard Scofield
Diabetology 33 years experience
Yes: Caduet contains two medications, amlodipine for hypertension and Atorvastatin for elevated cholesterol. Both of these are common problems in diabetics and need to be controlled.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can tinospora be used to treat type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
A tincture of Tino: Unfortunately in this country there isn't enough research to support such use. This botanical has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for diabetes management overseas but its effects and method of action are not well understood. Without sound evidence to support its use here, you're better off losing weight if obese, eating healthier foods and exercising. Exercise is always good medicine.
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What to do if i was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, having trouble with meds?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
See endocrinologist: Who can match right drugs to you as an individual; who will listen to see if side effects you had are really due to the meds or some other problem, including diabetes itself.

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