To be diagnosed with
diabetes, you must meet one of the following
Have symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst,
increased urination, and unexplained weight loss) and a blood sugar level equal
to or greater than 200
milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). The blood sugar test
is done at any time, without regard for when you last ate (random plasma
glucose test or random blood sugar test).
Have a fasting blood
sugar level that is equal to or greater than 126 mg/dL. A fasting blood sugar
test (fasting plasma glucose) is done after not eating or drinking anything but
water for 8 hours.
Have a 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) result that is equal to or greater than 200 mg/dL. An OGTT is most commonly done to check for diabetes that occurs with pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
Have a hemoglobin A1c that is 6.5 % or higher.
The diagnosis of diabetes needs to be confirmed by repeating
the same blood sugar test or doing a different test on another day.
Some people with diabetes and the nerve pain -- or peripheral neuropathy that comes with it -- find relief in surprisingly simple ways. Sometimes a nice, warm (but not hot) bath is enough to relieve stress and nerve pain. If you have neuropathy, by the way, you might want to have someone else test the water to make sure it's not too hot. A massage can also help. Other people turn to biofeedback, meditation, relaxation techniques, or hypnosis -- all of which have been proven to help.
If the results of your
fasting blood sugar test are between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL, your OGTT result is between 140 to 199 mg/dL (2 hours after the beginning of the test), or your hemoglobin A1c is 5.7 to 6.4%, you have
prediabetes. This means that your blood sugar is above normal but not high enough to be diabetes. Discuss with your doctor how
often you need to be tested.1
American Diabetes Association (2011). Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care, 34(Suppl 1): S62-S69.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
July 1, 2011
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July 01, 2011
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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