A blood sugar test is a fasting blood test that tests your levels of glucose, the body’s main source of energy. Glucose is circulated throughout the body after being broken down from carbohydrates in the diet & absorbed by the small intestine. Glucose is required by almost all of our cells in order to function properly. This test determines your blood glucose levels & check whether they are within normal range. This test is helpful in the diagnosis & monitoring of diabetes, & can also provide you with information regarding hypoglycaemia & hyperglycaemia (low & high levels of blood glucose).
When should I get tested?
The doctor may suggest you get a blood sugar test if you are at risk of diabetes, or are showing symptoms of hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia. This is also a routine test for those who already have a diagnosis of diabetes, & for pregnant women.
What does the test include
The blood sugar test is a fasting blood test.