Which blood test would I need to test for diabetes? Metabolic panel?

Diabetes testing. The current testing guidelines for type 2 diabetes are hemogloblobin A1c (over 6.5%), fasting blood glucose (>126) and 2 hr blood glucose (>200). Symptoms that suggest you need to be tested include symptoms of hyperglycemia (such as frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision) or hyperglycemic crisis with random plasma glucose ? 200 mg/dl. If this is you, see your doc right away.
FASTING sugar. Diabetes can be diagnosed on fasting blood sugar (>125) which can be ordered on its own or part of a fasting panel (bmp, cmp-metabolic panel). Another popular test is a glycohemaglobin A1c or just A1c for short. An A1c measures your average blood sugar for the last 3 months. Generally a normal a1c<6%.

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Can I consume black coffee prior to a blood test? I'm having a Complete metabolic panel drawn tomorrow which requires fasting.

Better to avoid it. It is better to not eat or drink any thing more than 8 hours, except taking water. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

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Does a comprehensive metabolic panel blood test include a test of blood glucose levels?

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Will eating and taking a multivitamin before my blood test affect results on my cbc and metabolic panel?

Depends. CBC will not be affected. If the metabolic panel contains tests for lipids, those would be affected. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...