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Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Blood Tests Are So Helpful!

Posted Jul 03 2010 5:48am

Unfortunately, there are still many that don't even know that they have Type two diabetes .  You can without delay and conveniently find out. This is critical for your wellbeing. To address any concerns that you may be at risk of having Type ii Diabetes, there are particular tests that may be done. Having ‘annual check-ups’ is a must, so speak with your doctor. Almost all doctors can order these tests for you. These tests will help determine the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood, so you can order an annual FBS (which stands for Fasting Blood Sugar), an OGTT (meaning Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) and a few other tests that will help you determine if you suffer (or about to suffer) from diabetes. Read on further and find out what these tests actually mean and what symptoms (of high blood sugar levels) a diabetes patient actually has.

The first test, the FBS or Fasting Blood Sugar test can determine exactly what its name suggests: the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. If the results tell you that you have between 72 - 99 mg/dl (or 4 – 5.5 mmol/l), being the level which is returned for those without Type two Diabetes. Normal blood sugar values are these numbers. However, you may get reasonably higher values between 100 -126 mg/dl (5.6 - 7 mmol/l). This means that you will have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This now reflects you have elevated and abnormal blood sugar levels, and this can develop into full blown Type two diabetes . Some people will return a value after undertaking this test of greater than 126 mg/dl (7 mmol/l). In these cases the person is almost surely likely to be suffering from Type 2 diabetes and seeking immediate medical help is advised. To make sure a correct diagnosis is made, doctors advise taking the test twice, on two different occasions, to make sure that both tests give the same blood glucose values so a correct diagnosis of Type ii Diabetescan be made.

The next variety type of test discussed here is that known as the OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test). It is basically an oral glucose test in which you will be given a small amount of sugar (glucose) for you to drink. After two hours, a sample of your blood is collected and analyzed in order to check your blood glucose level. Values greater than 140 mg/dl (7.7 mmol/l) is not considered a normal value, meaning that you have an unhealthy glucose tolerance and this could be a clear sign of pre-diabetes. In some other cases the results show a value of over 200 mg/dl (11 mmol/l). In such instances, a diagnosis of Diabetes 2 is made.

Type 2 Diabetes can be a very serious and dangerous disease, especially if you are already suffering from other chronic diseases. It can be very dangerous in many cases, so changes in diet, lifestyle, undertaking exercise, or taking the right medication is a must!

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