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Does regular blood work define diabetes or is there a special test for this only?
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I'm not sure what you mean by "regular bloodwork." There are a couple different tests to measure blood sugar. The most common is the A1C which measures an average of blood sugars for a period of a couple months; it is just a regular fasting blood draw. A more specific test is the OGTT where you drink a very high sugar drink in the doctor's office and your blood sugar is measured over a period of a couple hours to see how it is affected. You also can use a home glucometer and test your own blood sugar in the morning before meals (normal should be under 100) and two hours after eating (should be under 120 or 140 for a diabetic). You would have to ask your doctor specifically to do the A1C or the OGTT.
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