Why most people would rather not go to the doctor is beyond me, but it is a known fact that many would rather suffer quietly than touch the doctorâ€™s office with a ten-foot pole. But when things start to go haywire, they begrudgingly show up at hospitals and clinics. Sometimes, it is just too late.
One way to alleviate this unfounded dread may be to educate more people not only of the benefits of proactive testing, but of the procedures that they will need to undergo. And one of the diseases that people need to be proactive about is diabetes.
The tricky thing about diabetes, especially if you are someone who is not familiar with it, is that its symptoms may seem normal that you wouldnâ€™t really think you were actually sick with something. But when you start losing weight even if you werenâ€™t really dieting, donâ€™t rejoice just yet; do a double take, because it may be time to go for a diabetes test. Other symptoms that you will need to watch out for in conjunction with sudden weight loss would be a severe feeling of thirst, frequent and sometimes uncontrollable urination and feeling hungry all the time.
Type 2 diabetes may be diagnosed through two tests: the fasting plasma glucose test and the casual plasma glucose test. The fasting plasma glucose test is the more commonly used method â€“ it is cheaper and more convenient, as shared by the American Diabetes Association. A patient will need to fast for eight hours before blood is drawn, which will then be analyzed for blood glucose levels. In contrast, the casual plasma glucose test does not require abstaining from food. The sample for analysis is still blood.
If a fasting plasma glucose test yields normal glucose levels, and the doctor is still unsure about the patientâ€™s condition, he or she may order on oral glucose tolerance test, where the patient is asked to consume a solution prior to the drawing of blood. This is the best method that can be used during the early stages of diabetes, where a patient is already a borderline diabetic; almost there, but not quite.