It has been a normal practice that we observe in diabetic patients. They used to fast before checking the blood sugar level. That test is what we called as Fasting Blood Sugar Level, less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) is normal. According to a research published in International Journal of Endocrinology, the research suggests that before the procurement of glucose level results, fasting condition may cause harm more than benefit. It is usually considered good to take liquid diet or fast completely because eating may alter the results. BUT NOT NOW!
Patients continue taking their diabetes medication but don’t eat anything, resulting in low blood sugar levels that cause them to have a hypoglycemic event while driving to or from the lab, putting themselves and others at risk.
Research paper published in International Journal of Endocrinology says that;
Our study does prove that there is a high rate of occurrence of iatrogenic fasting hypoglycemia resulting from laboratory tests in patients on medications which can induce hypoglycemia (FEEHD).
In patient with diabetes have high level of LDL (Low density lipoprotein) or can say bad cholestrol, this increases in diabetic patients. Research done at Michigan State University in East Lansing also says that fasting before the blood sugar test can lead to hypoglycemia (a condition where body’s sugar level decrease than normal).
Fasting Before Testing Can Lead To FEEHD :
FEEHD ((fasting-evoked en route hypoglycemia) in diabetes, there should be complete monitory of this condition in diabetic patients because apart from getting suitable results of blood sugar level this dilemma is further proceeding patient towards FEEHD. This research should be put forward in order to meet some amendments because the current guidelines which refers to fast before testing.
It is imperative that health organizations, especially diabetes organizations, become more aware of this issue and include specific educational guidelines to prevent FEEHD
Content Source: International Journal of Endocrinology Volume 2018, Article ID 1528437
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