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What equipment is used for the test?
Northwest Wellness uses either the highly advanced Cholestech L•D•X System, traditional glucometers, or a local lab.
How is the blood sample taken?
Either a drop of blood is taken from the finger, or a tube of blood is taken from a vein in the arm.
Should I fast before taking the test?
Yes, you should not ingest anything except water, black coffee, and prescribed medications for eight (8) hours prior to testing.
Note: If you are also fasting to have your triglyceride level tested, the period of fasting should be 12 hours.
How long does the test take?
If the Total Lipid Profile is ordered at the same time, we run the glucose at the same time. The glucose test would take 5 minutes. The glucometer takes 2 minutes.
What test result values are desirable?
Normal fasting glucose levels are less than 115 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter) according to the American Diabetes Association.
How are the test results presented?
Written test results are presented to each patient so that they can keep them for historical records and present them to their doctor.
Is this the best test for a known diabetic for testing blood sugar stability?
No, Hemoglobin A1C is the best test as it measures blood sugar stability over the previous 2 to 3 months. See Hemoglobin A1C testing for additional information.
: While test results are important indicators, they do not constitute a diagnosis. Discuss your results with your doctor on your next visit.
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