Here's How To Test Yourself For Diabetes

Diabetes can be deadly if left undiagnosed, so it is very important to pay attention to your body if you are displaying any of the symptoms. Early detection of diabetes can lessen the complications and, if caught in the prediabetic stage, the disease can be reversed.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes include frequent urination, constant thirst, unexplained weight loss or gain, unusual hunger, or extreme fatigue and irritability.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include all of the type 1 symptoms, but may also involve frequent infections, blurred vision, slow healing, tingling in the appendages, and being overweight and inactive.

If you’re worried you might have diabetes, the most important thing is to see a doctor immediately and receive an official diagnosis. However, there is also a simple blood test you can perform at home that may tell you if you have diabetes.

Here are the steps for performing an at-home test for diabetes:

  1. Purchase a blood sugar meter at any drug or grocery store. These can be found in Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and most other drug stores. These meters will probably come with free strips.
  2. Read the instructions on the package, and practice a few times if there are extra strips. All meters are different, so familiarize yourself with your meter.
  3. Test your sugar first thing in the morning before eating anything, and record the result. This will be your “fasting” blood sugar.
  4. Eat a carbohydrate-rich meal containing at least 60 grams of carbs. A bagel is good, or a boiled potato or cup of rice. Try to avoid fatty foods.
  5. One hour after eating, use the meter to test your blood sugar again, and record the results. Repeat every hour for the next 3 hours.

A doctor can provide more accurate results, but the meter will give you a good indication of a problem.

What the results mean:

If your blood sugar remained under 100mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) at the one hour test and the later tests, you have very normal blood sugar and probably do not have diabetes.

If your blood sugar reached 140 mg/dl (7.7 mmol/L) within the first hour, or 120 mg/dl (6.7 mmol/L) two hours after earing, you are above the normal range. You may have insulin resistance going on, but probably do not have diabetes. If you are overweight, it is recommended that you start an exercise regimen to prevent diabetes.

If your blood sugar was over 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/L) at any time you tested, this is a diabetic blood sugar level and you should consult your doctor immediately. If you repeat the test and receive the same result, this is considered diagnostic of diabetes.

In addition, if your blood sugar made a sudden drop to below 90 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L), this is called “reactive hypoglycemia” and may also be a sign of diabetes. Discuss this result with your doctor.

In a normal diet, it is important to cut out excess carbohydrates. The meal you ate in this experiment was solely to measure your glucose levels and should not be considered a healthy option.

Photo: Pexels

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

More Articles

Diabetics should avoid white bread and anything else made with white flour because it can raise their...

Diabetic shock occurs when blood sugar levels plummet, causing a disruption in the proper functioning of the body and brain. A significant drop in...

Diabetics are prone to boils because they have weakened immune systems. Boils are abscesses of infected skin that form near hair follicles. They...

One of the most important habits for diabetics to develop is a healthy exercise routine. If you’re...

Managing diabetes means not only monitoring your blood sugar but also following a healthful diet. Knowing...

Once widely known by the name "juvenile diabetes," type 1 diabetes is becoming more common. The disease occurs when the body starts attacking...

The American Heritage Dictionary defines homeostasis as a state of equilibrium, as in an organism or cell, maintained by self-regulating processes...

There are two types of diabetes, and both children and adults can develop either type....

The Mayo Clinic Diabetic Diet consists of ...

It is important for people with type 2 diabetes to follow a carefully recommended diet plan. The U.S....

According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive alcohol consumption can increase a person's risk of developing type 2...

With diabetes, your blood sugar levels...

It's important to follow a healthy diet if you have diabetes. Maintaining a frequent and nutritious eating schedule helps stabilize blood sugar...

Diabetic test strips are one of the biggest expenses in diabetes care. People who are on a fixed income need to watch every penny that they spend...

Many diabetics are told by their doctors to completely eliminate bread from their diet. While store-bought white bread is one of the worst foods a...