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I’m here with Doctor Lorraine Manciet, she is board certified family medicine physician, part of our ongoing series on diabetes. Doctor, if my physician suspects I have diabetes, what tests will they run and why?
They’ll run a fasting blood glucose level to see how much sugar is in your blood after you haven’t eaten for more than seven hours. If the amount of glucose in your blood, or glucose being sugar is 127 or above, that’s diagnostic of diabetes. Other than the fasting blood glucose we can also rely on hemoglobin a1c which is more recently been defined as diagnostic for diabetes. Anything over 6.4% is diabetes.
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