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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How is type 1 diabetes diagnosed?

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    Diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test. Most people with type 1 diabetes will present with symptoms of diabetes such as: increased thirst, urination and tiredness. Some people will also have signs of slow healing of wounds or persistent infections. However many people with type 1 diabetes have no symptoms at all.The blood test is taken from a vein and sent to a pathology lab. The test may be either a fasting test (no food or fluid except water for eight hours), e.g. overnight, or a random test taken anytime during the day, or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT).

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