In short, no, you don't have diabetes.
According to SA
guidelines, a fasting laboratory glucose (done in the morning after fasting for
8 hours) is considered normal if it is less than 6.1, pre-diabetes if it is
between 6.1 and 7, and diabetes if it is 7 or more. Normally we would want two
abnormal results, or one abnormal result with associated symptoms like
tiredness, weight loss, drinking lots of water and passing too much urine. The
other way to test glucose is to do a glucose tolerance test where you go to the
lab fasting and they give one 75grams of glucose to drink in water and then
test your glucose levels after 2 hours. The cut off for diabetes is a level of
11.1 or higher at 2 hours and normal is less than 7.8. Between these two levels
is considered pre- diabetes. Some patients will be normal on one test and
abnormal on another, so sometimes we may do both. We don’t normally use the finger
prick test to diagnose diabetes, as the levels are a bit more variable
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