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From Fenton, Missouri, USA:

How does a blood test determine if you have type 1 diabetes?


Diagnosis of diabetes is arbitrary and the American Diabetes Association and WHO determine what the blood sugar cut-off levels will be However, type 1 diabetes in childhood is universally accompanied by symptoms and would almost never be diagnosed without them.


[Editor's comment: See: Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Guidelines.

Type 1A diabetes can be distinguished from type 1B or type 2 diabetes by measuring antibodies In type 1A, antibodies will be positive. In type 1B, insulin therapy may or may not be needed. SS]

Original posting 3 Dec 2000
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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