A 48-year-old member asked:
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is there a way to tell if you are diabetic without tests?

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Dr. James Marx
47 years experience Pain Management
No: Although some symptoms are helpful at making the diagnosis-it would be pretty hard to be sure without lab testing like a fasting and after-meal blood sugar test as well as another one called hb1ac.
Answered on Jan 19, 2013

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