What tests are used to diagnose diabetes?

Ask your doctor to order a test called Hemoglobin A1C (HBA1c). Many doctors still diagnose diabetes only if your fasting blood sugar is above 126, or 180 two hours after eating. These are not reliable measures.

The side effects of diabetes are caused by blood sugar levels rising too high after meals, causing sugar to stick to cells. Once stuck on a cell, sugar is converted to a poison called sorbitol that causes heart attacks, strokes, blindness, deafness and kidney damage. The test to measure how much sugar is stuck on cells is called HBA1C. If HBA1C is high, a person is headed for the side effects of diabetes, no matter whether you call this diabetes or not. See Who is Pre-Diabetic?.

Incidently, many people ask me why sorbitol is it used in candy and gum, when I tell them that it is a poison. Sorbitol in food is harmless because you cannot absorb it; it passes right through and is excreted. The harmful sorbitol is formed from sugar in your own body.

December 10, 2005

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