Testing for impaired glucose responseGlucose tolerance test
The glucose tolerance test is used when a simple blood test is not sufficent to determine whether you have diabetes. It involves comparing the levels of glucose in the blood before and after drinking a sugary drink.Tests for glucose (sugar) and HbA1c
HbA1c testing is generally used for checking the sugar control over a 3-month period in people with type 2 diabetes. This helps doctors and nurses to see how well the disease is being managed. However, it can also be used to diagnose diabetes.
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