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Blood test question

(5 Posts)
booox Mon 26-Sep-16 11:51:26

I've posted in health but this might be a better place!

I've been having various issues for a while and often get my 'blood sugars' (I know no more than this) done while checking other things.

I didn't know it was going to be done this morning when I had some tests, but it occurred to me that perhaps I shouldn't be eating before the test?

Or is it just a screening thing they do anyway?

I think I had a different diabetes marker done a coupe of years ago which was really good so I don't think it's an issue, however one of the issues has been weight loss or not really gaining and fatigue hence checking that, plus I have hypothyroidism so could be linked 'autoimmunely'.

booox Mon 26-Sep-16 18:11:12


earthmoon Mon 03-Oct-16 08:18:40

If they wanted a fasting blood test they should have told you and written it on the form. In the last two years I been doing my blood test without fasting. However, I have had it for 9yr now. There might be diffrent procedure for people who are being tested for it and people with established diabetes

lynseyc83 Mon 03-Oct-16 08:24:53

There are different ways to test for diabetes

It used to be a random glucose- which can be effected by what you have eaten so if it's raised they will
Ask you to do a fasting one
The favoured test at the moment is called a Hba1c- which tests your average sugar level for the the last 3 months - no need to fast
Then there is the glucose tolerance test a lot of people have when they are pregnant
Hope this helps
Lynsey x

goose1964 Fri 04-Nov-16 18:41:48

They don't normally ask you to fast before blood tests now, they will inform you if you need a fasting test

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