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Testing for Diabetes Many people with diabetes don’t even realize they have it until it becomes life-threatening or leads to a serious complication. The only way to find out for sure whether you have diabetes is to have a blood test. Talk with your health care provider about whether you should have a diabetes blood test called a fasting plasma glucose test. This test measures the amount of glucose, or sugar, in your blood on an empty stomach. Your doctor will ask you not to eat for at least 8 to 10 hours before the test. The results will fit into one of the three categories 21 shown below. Fasting Plasma Glucose Test Results (mg/dL) If your blood sugar is in the 70-99 range it is considered normal. Blood sugar in the 100 to 125 mg/dL range is too high to be called healthy but too low to be called diabetes. Instead, you have a condition called impaired glucose tolerance. Like those with diabetes (a blood sugar that is 126 or greater), people with impaired glucose tolerance are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. In fact, most people with impaired glucose tolerance eventually develop type 2 diabetes. ✔✔ I have talked with my health care provider about whether I should have a fasting plasma glucose test. (If the answer is “yes,” record your results in the following chart. Date of test Result mg/dL) My blood sugar measurement falls into this category (Put a check mark in the appropriate column). Healthy Normal (70-99) Impaired\ glucose tolerance (100-125) Diabetes (126 or higher) My Blood Sugar Test Results (mg/dL) My Blood Sugar Test Results (mg/dL) Date of test Result mg/dL) © 2013 Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. and Krames StayWel . All rights reserved. 7STEPS English Español A PAT IENT RESOURCE GUIDE TO A HEALTHY HEART Choices for Better Health Changing Health Outcomes by Improving Cardiovascular Education and Screenings My blood sugar measurement falls into this category (Put a check mark in the appropriate column). Healthy Impaired\ glucose Normal tolerance (70-99) (100-125) Diabetes (126 or higher) VIDEO Blood Sugar Testing


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