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How do fasting insulin test and glucose test differ?

How do fasting insulin test and glucose test differ?

Different tests: Insulin & glucose are 2 different ways to measure diabetes. Insulin is produced by pancreas to keep sugars under control. We measure glucose to see how well sugars are controlled. We can measure Insulin to determine how much effort pancreas is making to control sugars. Think of glucose as speedometer & Insulin as tachometer (hgba1c is avg trip speed - ask a car nut if this doesn't make sense). ...Read more

Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Recently bloodwork for fasting insulin. How is this different that a glucose tolerance test or a fasting glucose test?

Recently bloodwork for fasting insulin. How is this different that a glucose tolerance test or a fasting glucose test?

Different tests: Insulin & glucose are 2 different ways to measure diabetes. Insulin is produced by pancreas to keep sugars under control. We measure glucose to see how well sugars are controlled. Think of glucose as speedometer & Insulin as tachometer (hgba1c is avg trip speed - ask a car nut if this doesn't make sense). Glucose tolerance test requires drinking sugar whereas other 2 tests don't. ...Read more

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What's a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test (ogtt) for diabetes?

What's a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test (ogtt) for diabetes?

Gestational diabetes: A test for how you respond to known sugar loads in pregnancy and whether you are diabetic from pregnancy... If abnormal, may need to make changes in diet or meds. ...Read more

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What oral glucose tolerance test result indicates diabetes?

What oral glucose tolerance test result indicates diabetes?

Unclear question: There is a set of rules for interpreting the results of ogt and it should be done by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are random blood sugar test for glucose accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Are random blood sugar test for glucose accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Not ideal: There are multiple tests for diabetes but preferred are fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels. Generally, these are tested on two separate occasions to confirm the diagnosis unless the numbers are way out of range. Non-fasting glucose with symptoms suggestive of diabetes can be reliable. Take care. ...Read more

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Random blood sugar test result 375mg/dL repeat test done Fasting Plasma Glucose result 228mg/dL. Am I diabetic?

Random blood sugar test result 375mg/dL repeat test done Fasting Plasma Glucose result 228mg/dL. Am I diabetic?

Yes!: You are def a diabetic. Get a glucose meter and check some fingersticks. Completely NL in the AM fasting is 70-100. 101-125 is borderline, >125 is diabetes. Go see a diabetes doc and get an A1C test. Normal is up to 5.7. Pre-diabetic is 5.7 - 6.4. Diabetes is >6.4. Check out this link from the NIH: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/A1CTest/A1C_Test_DM_508.pdf. You need diabetic tx! ...Read more

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Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Random glucose >200: The ADA has set criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes as a patient with classic symptoms of hyperglycemia and a random glucose blood glucose > 200mg/dL http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis/ ...Read more

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Does everyone need a 3 hour glucose tolerace test for gestational diabetes?

Does everyone need a 3 hour glucose tolerace test for gestational diabetes?

Newer recommendation: Is that non-diabetic pregnant women undergo a 2-hour 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks of gestation. Women should be fasting for this test, and a fasting glucose level should be included. If any one of the following values are abnormal, you have gestational diabetes: fasting at 92 or above (mg/dl), one-hour at 180 or above, two-hour at 153 or above. ...Read more

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I am prediabetic with higher blood sugar and insulin levels. L just had a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. Fasting sugar is 63, insulin is 2. Meaning?

I am prediabetic with higher blood sugar and insulin levels. L just had a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. Fasting sugar is 63, insulin is 2. Meaning?

Doesn't matter: The numbers aren't really important or valuable. If you're overweight and have high glucose (particularly with a positive family history) you need education, diet, exercise, weight reductio and maybe medication -- not just a diagnosis. The diagnosis doesn't help you get healthier. ...Read more

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Have GTT test. Blood glucose normal. O hour and 1 hour urine glucose negative but 2 hour urine glucose is trace. False positive or renal glycosuria?

Have GTT test. Blood glucose normal. O hour and 1 hour urine glucose negative but 2 hour urine glucose is trace. False positive or renal glycosuria?

Urine glucose: If your GTT is OK and the 2 hour urine only a trace high, I don't think you have anything to worry about. That said, be careful with your food and drink intake. ...Read more

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What fasting glucose level is normal for pre-diabetic and diabetic?

It's all one: Disorder; only the name changes as your sugar gets higher. The health risks don't change as the name changes, you're at the same risk right from the beginning - that's why it's important not to wait but begin diet, exercise, weight loss and education now. See diabetes.Org for the numbers if you absolutely feel you need them. ...Read more

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Recently blood glucose levels for non fasting males?

Recently blood glucose levels for non fasting males?

Normal fasting: 65-105 when drawn out of a vein while fasting. Various authorities have different "normal" levels. There are, however, no exact cut-offs, it's all a continuium. Finger sticks are not accurate enough for diagnosis. Two hour post meal should be less than 130-140, and any glucose >200 at any time suggests diabetes. An a1c >6% is also suggestive and needs further evaluation. See diabetes.Org for info. ...Read more

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Which test is more reliable for monitoring diabetes: a blood sugar test or urine sugar test?

Which test is more reliable for monitoring diabetes: a blood sugar test or urine sugar test?

Bllod sugar: Glucose appears in urine only when blood sugar is greater than (debate) 180-220. Would like to aim for sugars 80-150 for good control. So can still be in 150-180 range, chronically, and still be in less than ideal control without any sugar appearing in urine. ...Read more

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For fasting lipid profile test how many hours of f fasting is required?

For fasting lipid profile test how many hours of f fasting is required?

8 hours is typical: Some doctors recommend nothing but water for 12 hours, and suggest that you should avoid fatty meals for 24-48 hours prior. Some doctors no longer require fasting at all. It could be argued that fasting doesn't represent the amount of lipid that is typically present in the blood, so it is less useful to look at fasting measures. Others think the post meal measurements are misleading. 8 hrs is fine ...Read more

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Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Yes: It's one way to diagnose diabetes. Another way is to check a a1c. That test does not require fasting. ...Read more

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Can home fingerstick blood tests test for hypoglycemia?

Yes: Home kits can measure your blood sugar and are available over the counter or with a presciption. They can test for low blood sugar, aka hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between oral glucose tolerance test and modified glucose tolerance test?

THe modified: Test is simpler and shorter -- and used only in pregnant women, looking to diagnose gestational diabetes, or diabetes in pregnancy. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more