Fasting Blood Tests For Patients Suspected Of Having Diabetes?
Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Frequent hunger / eating (polyphagia), frequent thirst (polydipsia) and frequent urination (polyuria) are three very typical symptoms of people who have diabetes. The explanation is as follows. People with diabetes, their bodies have difficulty converting blood sugar into energy, either because of a lack of insulin production or resistance / immunity to insulin (a substance in the body that functions to convert / convert / absorb sugar in blood vessels to be used as energy in the tissues) ).
When insulin is not working properly, blood sugar levels rise but are not used as energy for the tissues. This is what causes people with diabetes to feel weak and feel hungry, because even though the energy-producing material (sugar) is a lot, the network feels that the supply is still lacking so that the person still feels hungry so that there is energy intake through food. Unfortunately, because it cannot be converted into energy, the person is still hungry and weak.
Then regarding frequent urination, the kidneys in people with diabetes try hard to balance the body's fluid levels because they contain too much sugar. This is done by removing more urine. And when a lot of urine is excreted, of course the body feels dehydrated, and that makes people with diabetes often feel thirsty.
Then regarding the order of treatment, chronic diseases or diseases that take a long time such as diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol, it usually takes a month to evaluate the disease. This is because evaluations carried out with a gap of less than 1 month are not proven to provide more benefit than once a month, unless there are emergencies or complications.
So usually, the first time the patient is diagnosed with a certain chronic disease, the results of the examination will be recorded, then the drug is taken for about 1 month, then 1 month later another examination is carried out as a doctor's consideration whether the drug dose should be increased, decreased, maintained, added. type, reduced, or even replaced. Then again in the following month and so on.
However, as we have said before, this is only in a stable patient's condition. It's a different story when in the midst of that break, the patient's blood sugar suddenly jumps very high or falls very low as in a hypoglycemia condition.
Hypoglycemia can occur when people with diabetes take too much medication, take drugs that exceed the dosage, or take medication regularly but are lazy to eat or don't eat at all.
For this reason, it would be very good if diabetics have a blood sugar measuring device while controlling their blood sugar levels at home without having to fast first. If this happens, then there is no need to wait until it's time for control, immediately take your mother to the nearest hospital emergency room to get treatment.
So that the conclusion, if based on physical examination and supporting examinations (not only fasting blood sugar, there is also pulse blood sugar, blood sugar and HbA1C test), your mother is considered stable and does not need modification of treatment, you don't need to worry.
But if you don't feel calm or you feel that your mother's doctor's examination is not complete, you can ask for a fasting blood sugar or pulse blood sugar test yourself at the nearest laboratory and if the results are not normal, you can take these results and pass them on to your mother's doctor. . However, it would be much better if your mother had a blood sugar meter at home.
Meanwhile, make sure that in addition to your mother regularly taking medications, eating normal portions too. Because diabetes complications often occur in those who regularly consume drugs but are lazy to eat. And don't forget to always give moral support to your mother. Click the following link to our article about Foods for Diabetes and Rows of Good and Bad Foods for Diabetes. We wish you and your family good health.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa