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FAQ Medical Tests

How do doctors test for diabetes?

The first test a doctor will usually do is a urine test to see if glucose is present in your urine. If glucose (sugar ) is detected in your urine the doctor will then arrange for you to have a fasting blood glucose test done, and you may also need to have a series of blood tests done called a glucose tolerance test.
The doctor may also do a test called a glycosylated haemoglobin test ( HbA1c), which indicates how high the blood glucose levels have been over the previous 2-3 months.

What is a fasting blood glucose?

A fasting blood glucose means that you will be asked not to eat anything for 8-10 hours before the test. You can drink water. The test is usually done first thing in the morning at your GP surgery, so that it means you just miss your breakfast. The test is done on a venous (from a vein) blood sample, which is usually taken from your arm, and is often done by the practice nurse in most surgeries. You should tell the doctor or nurse if your are prone to fainting, as they will then lie you down for the blood test.

What is a normal blood glucose level?

A normal non fasting blood glucose level is below 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL) 2 hours after eating

A normal fasting blood glucose is between 4.0 to 6.0 mmol/L (72 to 108 mg/dL)

How do you test for diabetes at home?

The simplest test is a urine test which you can perform easily at home to screen for glucose in your urine. You can buy urine test strips to test for Diabetes at home from Valuemed in UK. If you detect glucose in your urine you should ring and make an appointment to see your GP. Tell the GP receptionist that you have detected glucose in your urine, how high the level is and if you have any symptoms of diabetes.

How fast are the results for the rapid strep test and can I use this test with my child?

The results only take 5 minutes but the Strep A Test Kits are for professional use and if you do not have any medical knowledge we would not recommend it for home use, we would advise that you see your local GP.

Can I test myself for H Pylori infection?

There is now a simple, easy, accurate and quick home stool test kit that detects active H Pylori infection.
Buy home H Pylori test kit