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How is diabetes diagnosed?

Many Americans struggle with chronic diseases. These are diseases that affect their day-to-day lives for months or years at a time. If these diseases are not caught and treated early, they can result in a variety of medical setbacks. One of these diseases is diabetes. Diabetes must be properly managed in order to avoid dangerous side effects.

In order for diabetes to be properly treated, it must be properly diagnosed. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are several ways that healthcare professionals can diagnose diabetes in adults throughout the United States.

Generally, a series of blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes. These blood tests can include the A1C test, the oral glucose tolerance test or the fasting plasma glucose test. In general, unless symptoms are present, two tests must be performed before an individual can be diagnosed with diabetes. The results of these specific tests help to determine if a person has diabetes or not. Typically, the higher the number, the more likely it is that a person has diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes can include increased hunger, increased thirst, fatigue, weight loss and increased urination among others.

Doctors in Maryland must be careful to properly diagnose diabetes. A failure to diagnose diabetes, or another chronic illness, can result in a worsened medical condition for Maryland residents. When a doctor makes a mistake, individuals suffer. In these cases, individuals may be entitled to compensation as a result of the doctor's error.

While this blog post can only provide general information about misdiagnosis, an attorney can help individuals determine whether the doctor's error has caused them harm. If the negligence of the doctor resulted in damages, compensation may be available.

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