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Is a glucose level of 124 high, did not fast?

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Is a glucose level of 124 high, did not fast?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Khan replied 5 years ago.
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Thank you very much for your question and coming to this service
Do you have any symptoms?
just to confirm that these are from a random sample?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No Symptoms, just the regular checkup sample taken when I go in for my blood presure meds
Expert:  Dr Khan replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the reply
Blood sugar levels of 124mg/dl in random sample (Regardless of when you last ate) is normal
A random sample reading of 200mg/dl and above with symptoms defines diabetes
However in fasting sample(after at least 8 hrs of fats), 124 is abnormal and is in prediabetes category
In your case random reading of 124mg/dl is not high
Let me know if any further queries
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Expert:  Coachrobmd replied 5 years ago.
If you are concerned about Diabetes, you can always ask your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), a series of blood tests that takes two hours to complete (you generally bring a book and sit in the lab between blood draws at time zero, 1/2 hour, one hour, and 2 hours) and is done after an 8-12 hour complete fast. This is the definitive way currently to establish a diagnosis.
A fasting glucose off 111-125 is considered pre-diabetes, meaning you are at a risk for developing DM later in life. Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) can provide counseling about things you can do to decrease that risk.
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