Type 2 Diabetes

Diagnosis Of Type 2 Diabetes

Type II diabetes is much harder to diagnose than type I diabetes as it affects a large group of diabetics and is caused by much more complex factors comprising genetic, environmental and food habits and sometimes exercise routines also. The best way to find out if you have Type II diabetes is to ask certain questions from yourself:

1) Am I over 35 years of age?
2) Am I overweight?
3) Have I any of these symptoms:

    I) Do I frequently
   II) Have I experienced sudden weight loss even

       when I am eating healthy and am not on a diet?
   III) Do my wounds heal slowly, especially in the feet

        and ankle area.

4) Do I have a blurred vision, lack of sensation on the skin and itching on the hands and feet?
5) Do I experience increased thirst during the night?
6) Having erectile dysfunction can also predict diabetes in a person. DO I suffer from this problem?
7) Continuous fatigue can also indicate Type II diabetes in a person. Am I a victim of the same?

If the answer to a combination of questions asked above is yes then you are in a need to consult the doctor. The doctor can tell you if you have diabetes by conducting any of the the tests listed below:

a) Fasting plasma glucose test: is done to measure blood sugar after fasting for 8 hours before the test and it can pretty accurately tell whether the person has diabetes or not.

b) Oral glucose tolerance test: measures the blood sugar level after not eating for 8 hours and after 2 hours of having taken a glucose rich drink. It can also diagnose if a patient has diabetes or not.

c) Random plasma glucose test: This test can be done anytime as it does not depend on fasting and can also tell whether a person has diabetes or not.

Any of the positive test results should be taken seriously and for certainty, a random plasma glucose test should be performed for the second time on a random day.