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The body uses a hormone made by the pancreas called insulin to break down sugar in the blood. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin altogether. In type 2 diabetes, the body cannot produce enough insulin to handle all the sugar in the body. Patients with an impaired glucose tolerance are considered pre-diabetic and should take action before type 2 diabetes takes hold.

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Pre-diabetic patients are those who show an impaired glucose tolerance under testing. It is a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes if left untreated and will leave the patient at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

The best treatment is with lifestyle change through exercise and diet.

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Testing for impaired glucose response

Glucose 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.

Diabetes - could this be me?

Understand the causes and symptoms of type 2 diabetes, and how you know if you may have it. More info available on our type 2 diabetes leaflet.

Changing your lifestyle

Having a healthy lifestyle and eating well are very important to those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as they can help manage the disease. Follow these links for more information:

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Advanced topics on Impaired glucose response

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