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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

May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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