It is important to know about diabetes symptoms and risk factors. If any of the symptoms are present or you are at high risk, contact your physician to set up a screening. Diabetes is usually diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar. A blood sample will be drawn from your finger or from a vein in your arm after you have gone for at least eight hours without eating or drinking anything.
A fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dl or higher indicates that you have diabetes. It can also be diagnosed if a random blood sugar test (done any time during the day) shows a 200 mg/d or higher result.
Either test should be confirmed on a second day to make the diagnosis - unless you have significant diabetes symptoms. The blood test must be done on a laboratory instrument in a clinic or hospital since home glucose monitors are not accurate enough to diagnose diabetes.
We offer outpatient services including our diabetes and pregnancy program and support/outreach groups.
For more information about our Diabetes Wellness Services, contact us at 605-622-5588.