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Diabetes in Among Millions of People

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If you are among the millions of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes you know just how important it is to monitor your blood sugar level with a diabetic test on a regular basis, if you wait until you start to feel sick you have waited too long.

Those suffer from diabetes have a disease that causes their body to not produce any insulin or what little insulin it does produce is not enough to help the body process its blood sugars.

If you suspect you may have diabetes there is one particular diabetic test that most doctors prefer to use above all others to make the most accurate diagnosis possible.

If your doctor wants to confirm your suspicions he will order a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test, this test for diabetes is considered the most accurate available.

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Picture of What is Diabetes.For someone who has just been diagnosed the first question they want an answer to is "what is diabetes?" Diabetes is condition that affects the way your body metabolizes the glucose in your bloodstream and turns it into the energy your body needs to function.

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Picture of Diabetes Recipe.In essence a diabetic diet is nothing more than a good healthy diet, it does not mean having to go out and by specialty foods that cost a lot of money and are hard to find.

Glucose or sugar comes from many of the foods we eat and as our food is digested it enters the bloodstream.

Once in the bloodstream the glucose in the normal person is broken down by the insulin produced in the pancreas and then passed to every cell in your body where it is used as a fuel to keep the cells functioning.

If you suspect you may have diabetes there is one particular diabetic test that most doctors prefer to use above all others to make the most accurate diagnosis possible. If your doctor wants to confirm your suspicions he will order a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test, this test for diabetes is considered the most accurate available.

In order for you to take this test you will need to fast for at least 8 hours after which a blood sample will be taken and sent to the lab for testing. If the readings of this particular diabetes test come back with readings that are between 70 and 100 milligrams for your blood glucose level chances are pretty good that you do not have type 2 diabetes. However is if it 126 milligrams or higher you blood sugar levels are too high, and you may need to be place on medication.

If you have other factors that put you at risk for diabetes, normal blood sugar levels may not rule out diabetes. Your doctor may order another type of test known as a glucose tolerance test to make sure he can safely rule out diabetes.

The oral glucose tolerance test is another way that doctors use to detect diabetes, especially if the standard fasting test results are inconclusive.

This is the only gestational glucose test for diabetes when the pregnant woman shows the symptoms associates with type 2 diabetes, but has passed the fasting test with normal levels of blood glucose.



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Diabetes will Change yout Life

Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes you will have to make some changes in your life. You will need to monitor your diabetes with a blood glucose meter on a daily basis. This type of diabetic test requires that you prick your finger and place a drop of blood on a special strip of paper. This paper is then placed in the meter and a reading is taken of your blood glucose level. However this is a slightly painful way to have to test for diabetes every day and sometimes more than once a day.

There are several different testing methods in the development stage including a contact lens that shows a different color crescent below the pupil depending on where your blood sugar level is. Green is considered normal and the range of colors shows whether you a slightly or very hypoglycemic or conversely hyperglycemic. Another method of testing that is still in the development phase is the glow in the dark tattoo that changes color in a special LED light to show different levels of blood sugar.

Perhaps one day soon there will be an accurate painless testing method, until then you should use your blood glucose meter regularly. You should wait until you are not feeling well and then try to fix your levels in a hurry as this can lead to some very serious complications.