Archive for November, 2010

A new diagnosis with type 2 diabetes usually comes as a shock. Diabetes is something that does not always show up in a physical. That’s because doctors test fasting blood sugars, not blood sugars after meals. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas can make enough insulin to get blood sugars back down to normal sooner or later (at least in the earlier) stages of the disease, but not enough to keep them normal most of the day. The way lab tests are run, the only time a type 2 diabetic’s blood sugars may ever be normal is when blood is drawn for fasting labs.

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