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LINDA7668 Posts: 316
11/30/12 8:39 P

Thanks everyone. I guess I was concerned that my carb overload wouldn't give an accurate result. But, you are all right, I need to face this head on. I'm not sure of the exact name of the test. The doctor has ordered a number of them... glucose, cholesterol, thyroid, etc.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,905
11/30/12 8:33 P

An A1C test gives a reading from the last 3 months. My Endocrinoligist said that if you are pre-diabetic and dont eat like a diabetic you will eventually get full blown diabetes.

That scared me as diabetes is not anything to play with as it causes gum disease, loss of teeth, fungal infections, other problems and the big one..heart disease...I didn't want a heart attack or a stroke.

I gave up pasta totally, no wheat bread or anything white and keep my carb intake to 30 per meal or less. Snacks are nuts, or low glycemic fruits such as berries, peaches, pears, plums, apples, oranges, kiwi, cherries. I dont eat bananas or grapes as they give me a sugar surge.d I make water and fiber my best freinds. Check out all the tips in Secrets of Success...the diabetic section.

My A1C is now normal 5.6 but I continue to low glycemic because I have changed my lifestyle.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/30/12 8:07 P

Usually they will tell you to fast for 12 hours, and then they draw blood. Even if you could beat the test, why would you want to? It would just make it longer till you knew whether you had diabetes or not.

If your A1C/ blood sugars are elevated, you want to know right now, and start to address that before it becomes a major problem.

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11/30/12 7:58 P

When you say fasting glucose, do you mean an A1C test? If so, there is not point in making any special short term changes. The A1C gives info based on about 3 months history.

Even if it isn't an A1C, keeping to your normal eating patterns will give a more realistic view of your health. This isn't the kind of test you should try to cheat on. You should *want* to know what the accurate results are so you can make plans for your health.

Good luck

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,702
11/30/12 7:56 P

You really can't "beat" the test.
For your best health care you need to find out what your blood sugar is doing 24/7. So then you can receive the correct treatment.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

LINDA7668 Posts: 316
11/30/12 7:47 P

I'm supposed to have blood work done in the next couple weeks. One of the tests is the fasting glucose test. The doctor has already diagnosed me as prediabetic. Should I limit my carbs in the days before the test? I've been over my carb ranges for the last few days.

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