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How to test blood sugar levels?

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: How can i get myself checked for sugar/diabetes?
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Three tests

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for your query.

The three tests that are needed for checking diabetes are fasting blood sugar, 2 hr glucose tolerance test and HbA1C.

Among these fasting blood sugar is run initially. It is done after atleast 8 hr fasting. Other tests follow as needed.

Hope it helps.

Dr Vaishalee
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj (16 hours later)
Hello Maam,

I was tested for FBS and the result is very alarming.
BLOOD GLUCOSE FASTING
(FLUORIDE PLASMA) BLOOD GLUCOSE (FASTING) 327.6 mg/dl.

What should be my next action. Are there any medications to control diabetes?

XXXX XXXXXXX

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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Diet exercise and metformin

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

That is a high blood fasting sugar. Please repeat the test after atleast 8 hr fasting and also do other tests (mentioned above) to confirm.

Anyways you need to restrict sugar intake in food. Avoid sugary foods like sweets, chocolates, juices, fruits, milk, milk products, etc. Take high protein diet for example boiled black chana. Many food items have shown to lower blood sugar levels like karela-jamun juice, fenugreek seeds etc.

Second important aspect is regular exercise atleast 20 min a day. It increases the sensitivity to insulin.

Metformin is usually started initially alongwith regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.

Watch your weight.

Hope it helps.
Dr Vaishalee
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How to test blood sugar levels?

Brief Answer: Three tests Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query. The three tests that are needed for checking diabetes are fasting blood sugar, 2 hr glucose tolerance test and HbA1C. Among these fasting blood sugar is run initially. It is done after atleast 8 hr fasting. Other tests follow as needed. Hope it helps. Dr Vaishalee