The best method to initially diagnose diabetes at any age is a lab test called A1C or HbA1c. This test result will give you an average of your blood sugars over a 3-4 month period of time using a percentage. This lab does not require you to be fasting and should be repeated appropriately by your results. It is important to know your family medical history as well since there are some medical conditions such as anemia, sickle cell anemia, kidney or even liver disease that can cause false results.
If your A1C test results are under 5.7% you are negative from being diabetic and results of 5.7%-6.4% you are at risk for diabetes and this test should be repeated annually. Any test result 6.5% or higher is considered positive for being diabetic and a follow up A1C test should be repeated every 3-4 months to monitor. Results can go higher than 12% in uncontrolled cases of diabetes.
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