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From Aurora, Colorado, USA:

My 59 year old husband just had a 12-hour fasting blood glucose of 159 mg/dl [8.8 mmol/L], but he has none of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes you usually read about. Do we need to pursue this with his physician to do further testing for diabetes?


Yes, you need to pursue this. Another similar fasting glucose will confirm the diagnosis of diabetes. If present, this will require a long-standing relationship with a physician who can treat him. Even though he does not have symptoms, two fasting sugars greater than 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L] on two occasions meet the criteria. The lack of symptoms of diabetes only says that the sugars have not advanced high enough to produce symptoms.


Original posting 30 May 2002
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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