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How can I get tested for diabetes?

How can I get tested for diabetes?

Fastring blood sugar: The first test is a fasting blood sugar. If your blood sugar first thing in the morning before eating is elevated, that indicates diabetes. Early forms of diabetes, or "pre-diabetes" may be detected with a glucose tolerance test that measures how high your blood sugar goes after eating a set amount of sugar. A hemoglobin a1c test measures sustained elevations of blood sugar. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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How can I get tested for diabetes?

How can I get tested for diabetes?

Blood tests: Diabetes is diagnosed with blood work: fasting blood glucose, a1c, &/or an oral glucose tolerance test. ...Read more

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When should someone get tested for diabetes?

When should someone get tested for diabetes?

Thirst, hunger...: Frequent urination, undue fatigue if concerned at all, see md to catch / treat early and can check sugars at home with home glucose monitors, before person get these symptoms, to try to catch it early in people with family history of diabetes. ...Read more

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Do you think I should wait to get tested for diabetes?

Do you think I should wait to get tested for diabetes?

Symptomatic?: Do you have possible symptoms? Symptoms of diabetes can include ^ thirst, ^ urination, ^ hunger, weight v, fatigue, blurred vision, ^ blood pressure, frequent infections and poor healing of sores. If you are symptomatic, don't wait. ...Read more

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How should you tell your parent that you want to get tested for diabetes?

How should you tell your parent that you want to get tested for diabetes?

Just tell him/her!: If you are worried you may be diabetic, all you need to do is tell your parent that. You should also tell them why you feel it's possible you are diabetic so they understand the reasoning behind your worry! ...Read more

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Why do I need to get tested for diabetes in pregnancy?

Why do I need to get tested for diabetes in pregnancy?

Diabetes in pregnanc: If you have gestational diabetes, you should control your sugars really well during pregnancy otherwise the baby may be born big, develop diabetes later in life, more prone for respiratory distress syndrome etc. For the mother, gain in weight, preeclampsia and eclampsia and high blood pressure may manifest. ...Read more

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I've been told to get tested for diabetes due to my extreme thirst, frequent urination, and sudden exhaustion. Should I be tested for other illnesses?

I've been told to get tested for diabetes due to my extreme thirst, frequent urination, and sudden exhaustion. Should I be tested for other illnesses?

Yes: You need complete work up with labs for electrolyte disturbances, thyroid, vitamin d, lipids, cholesterol, eye exam, ekg, complete blood work, blood pressure, hemoglobin a1c, body weight, height, body mass index, urine micro albumin, fasting glucose, liver enzymes. Rare diseases that present with similar symptoms are pancreatic disease, or pituitary disease. ...Read more

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My hands feel really cold and I shiver when I'm really hungry, and I'm really cold in the morning when I wake up. Should I get tested for diabetes?

My hands feel really cold and I shiver when I'm really hungry, and I'm really cold in the morning when I wake up. Should I get tested for diabetes?

Not clear: Common diabetes symptoms include increased appetite and increased urination. Your symptoms seem to suggest a hypoglycemic reaction when fasting. It would be helpful to be evaluated by your primary care doctor and obtain some basic laboratory studies. ...Read more