Say you went to the doctor with a health issue or maybe you went for a routine check up and you were suggested to get a blood sugar test. Everyone is aware of blood tests but the term ‘blood sugar test’ might make some people incredibly nervous since it usually reminds them of ‘diabetes’. Our diagnostic center offers blood sugar test in Bangalore in all the three branches spread all over the city. As a healthcare facility, we want the patients who visit us to be at their comfortable best and we think knowing about the tests and scans will help them achieve a peace of mind and not panic. So in case, you are about to get a blood sugar test or are just curious about it, here is everything you need to know about the test.
Who is prescribed a blood sugar test and what does the test do?
A blood sugar test as the name suggests is a blood test that helps determine the level of sugar or glucose in one’s body. The test is usually prescribe to people who might be suspected of having diabetes or being prediabetic. It also helps people with diabetes keep a tab on their blood sugar levels.
Glucose is a sugar component that is one of the main sources of energy for the human body. A rise or drop in the glucose level can result in high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) respectively. Both can be life threatening if not treated properly and in time.
Who should get the test done?
If you already have diabetes, it is very necessary that you get the test done regularly to ensure that your glucose levels are in check. People with low blood sugar should also get the test done. The following are some of the most common symptoms of low blood sugar:
- Excessive sweating or chilly
- Tingling sensation or numbness in the lips or tongue
- Sudden changes in mood
- Recurring instances of confusion
- Unexplained hunger or nausea
While these symptoms might be a result of simple things such as lack of sleep or stress, it’s important to get the test if they happen often. Some pregnant women might also need the test done during their pregnancy if suggested by the doctor.
What happens during the test?
The test is quite simple. A blood sample will be drawn from your veins during the test and depending on the type of test, you might or might not be required to fast for 12 hours before the test.
What are the side effects of the test?
There are no side effects of the test. Many people are under the misconception that the blood test will leave them feeling weak and tired. But that’s not true since only a small amount of blood is drawn from the body. It is advised to eat and drink well after the test.