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Posted on Thu, 26 May 2016
Question: fasting glucose 120 how to bring it down
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Lifestyle modification

Detailed Answer:
It appears you do not have diabetes and I do not see any medication for it listed either.

This fasting glucose of 120 is consistent with a diagnosis of Pre diabetes.

However there are ways to confirm this through other tests such as

Hb A1c

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

Sometimes, people are diagnosed with diabetes with the help of the above alternative tests even though fasting glucose is not enough to make a diagnosis of diabetes as is the case with you.

Regardless the recommended way to approach this situation is to eat healthy, increase physical activity and lose 5-7% body weight if you are overweight/obese.

When I see someone like you in my practice, I typically order the following blood tests in addition to a detailed physical examination:

CBC (Complete Blood Count, also known as Hemogram; includes Hemoglobin, WBC and Platelet counts)
Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium in particular)
HbA1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin = your 3 month glucose average)
Liver function tests (SGOT , SGPT, Albumin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase)
Kidney function tests (BUN, Creatinine)
TSH
25 hydroxy Vitamin D

None of these tests require any fasting and can be done at any time of the day


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Brief Answer: Lifestyle modification Detailed Answer: It appears you do not have diabetes and I do not see any medication for it listed either. This fasting glucose of 120 is consistent with a diagnosis of Pre diabetes. However there are ways to confirm this through other tests such as Hb A1c Oral Glucose Tolerance Test Sometimes, people are diagnosed with diabetes with the help of the above alternative tests even though fasting glucose is not enough to make a diagnosis of diabetes as is the case with you. Regardless the recommended way to approach this situation is to eat healthy, increase physical activity and lose 5-7% body weight if you are overweight/obese. When I see someone like you in my practice, I typically order the following blood tests in addition to a detailed physical examination: CBC (Complete Blood Count, also known as Hemogram; includes Hemoglobin, WBC and Platelet counts) Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium in particular) HbA1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin = your 3 month glucose average) Liver function tests (SGOT , SGPT, Albumin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase) Kidney function tests (BUN, Creatinine) TSH 25 hydroxy Vitamin D None of these tests require any fasting and can be done at any time of the day