Why do most diabetics worry about the morning fasting blood sugar being high?-by Dr. Harold Gunatillake
FRCS, MBBS, AM (Sing), FICS (US) FIACS (US). Editor of ‘Health & Views’ Newsletter and health writer to many newsletters, newspapers- globally.
Fasting blood sugar is a test done on your early morning wake up time check, or when you visit the collecting centres to give blood for biochemical screening, fasting for 12 hours.
Fasting blood sugar is more diagnostic to check whether you have excess blood sugar. That would be the routine test your doctor will request on your annual blood check, sometimes with the HbA1C test.
If it is on the high side your doctor refers you for a random plasma glucose test or oral glucose tolerance test. The oral glucose tolerance test is the gold standard for diagnosing type 2 diabetes.
If your fasting level is higher than 126 mg/L (7 mmol/L) you have diabetes.
So, lets go back to the fasting blood sugar test (fasting for 12 hours) and its significance in diagnosis and control of diabetes.
After diagnosing diabetes, a fasting blood sugar level is not required as it takes you no where in your management of diabetes. …