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To find out if you are a diabetic the best thing that you can do is to contact your physician and have them to schedule a glucose tolerance test. This test is preformed over a period of several hours and will help to judge how your body is reacting to sugar. At the end of the test, the results will allow your physician to determine whether to diagnose you as a diabetic or not.
If you are female and you have ever been pregnant then you already know what this test is. To some people it is not enjoyable because of the taste of the liquid that you have to drink; however, others find that it tastes just like a very sweet soda or cool-aid.
The Test – Your physician will instruct you not to eat or drink after midnight the night before you are scheduled to have this test preformed; therefore, you will probably want to make sure that your test is scheduled for early in the morning. You have to fast before the test or the results will not be accurate, so do not lie to the physician and try to sneak in something to drink or eat that morning. You want to have an accurate account of how your body reacts to sugar intake if you are the least little bit concerned whether you are a diabetic or not.
You will be given a certain amount of very sweet liquid to drink. Nowadays, there are different flavors that are available for you to choose from and it can help to make your experience a little better if the facility offers the different choices. Flavors such as orange, grape and fruit punch are usually very popular. You have to drink this liquid within a certain time frame, which the health care professional who administers the test will inform you of. Once you have finished the test, you will then be timed and after certain time duration, they will draw blood.
You will then have to wait another hour and then they will draw blood again. Usually, this test last three hours and they will draw blood approximately three times throughout the test. Once you are done with the test, you will then be able to eat or drink normal foods. Once the results come back, your physician will be informed and depending upon the results, you will either be diagnosed as a diabetic, a pre diabetic, a non diabetic or possibly even asked to take the test again.
The diabetes test may sound like a headache because of the amount of time that is required on your behalf; however, it is a very good idea that you have this test done if you suspect that you may be showing some signs or symptoms of a diabetic. It is in your best interest to follow through with this test.
There are some other ways that a physician can determine whether you are a diabetic or not, but this is the most common test that is preformed in today's medical facilities.