Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes (Expert Committee on the Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus,
• Fasting plasma glucose greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL.
• Casual plasma glucose greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL plus typical symptoms of diabetes.
• In the absence of unequivocal hyperglycemia associated with acute metabolic decompensation, the results should be confirmed by repeat testing on a different day. At the present time A1C should not be used to diagnose diabetes.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...