So, now that we know some of the symptoms and you are recognizing that quite a few may to be related to you, it may be time to get tested for diabetes. One of the first steps to making sure that you are taking care of the diabetes is to know whether you have it and how bad the issue is. Even with some of the all-natural tips that we are going to use in this book, it is still a good idea to monitor your sugar levels to ensure that everything, as well as your health, is staying as healthy as possible.
When you are dealing with these symptoms and go to visit your doctor, there are a few tests that can be done. These include a series of blood tests, because this is the easiest way for the doctor to tell if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
One of the tests that you will get is the hemoglobin A1C test. This one will be monitoring your blood glucose levels over a few months, so you will need to get this test done a few times. Your doctor will look at the average of your glucose levels over a period up to three months. You will not be required to fast for this test and the doctor can often diagnose you based on these results.
Another option that you could go through to check your glucose levels is the plasma glucose test. For this one, you will need to fast for about eight hours before getting it done, which is why a lot of people schedule it in the morning and skip breakfast. This test is used to measure the glucose content that is in your plasma.
The doctor could also choose to use the oral glucose tolerance test. This one is often the one that is used during pregnancy to help determine if you have gestational diabetes, but it is also used with insulin-resistant diabetes. For this one, you will sometimes need to fast overnight (or sometimes for just a few hours, depending on what your doctor says). Your blood will be drawn before you take the drink that is full of glucose, and then it will be drawn about two hours later. The test will show how the body reacts to the glucose that you take in in order to see if there are any abnormalities.
These tests can help determine if you are dealing with insulin-resistant diabetes or not. Your doctor will be able to help you to determine the steps that you will need to take to help you manage your diabetes. You should learn about some of the dietary recommendations that will keep you healthy, learn how to properly monitor the levels of glucose in your blood when at home, the recommendations for exercise, and even some information about medications and treatments that you will need to manage your blood sugar levels.