How do I get diagnosed of Diabetes?

You’ll get a blood test to check if you have diabetes. There are several blood tests that can help you find out if you have diabetes:

Fasting blood sugar (FBS)

  • It measures a person’s blood sugar after he hasn’t eaten for at least 8 hours (or overnight).
  • A diagnosis of diabetes is made when two FPG tests, taken on different days, are at least 126 mg/dl.

Glycosylated hemoglobin test (HbA1C)

  • It measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months. You don’t need to fast to get this test.
  • An HbA1C test of 6.5% or higher may mean that you have diabetes.

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)

  • Usually taken after you haven’t eaten overnight, your blood sugar levels are measured before and 2 hours after drinking a liquid that contains sugar.
  • If your blood sugar is 200 mg/dl or higher, you may have diabetes.

Random blood sugar (RBS)

  • A RBS of 200 mg/dl or higher together with presence of symptoms mentioned in the signs and symptoms section may suggest that you have diabetes/li>

Getting diagnosed of diabetes may be difficult. But working with your diabetes care team and following your care plan can help you manage your diabetes.

Always remember that learning all you need to know to manage your diabetes will take time. The important thing is to keep taking steps toward coping with any challenges in a healthy way. In this journey, you are not alone.