Testing today

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2013-01-13 00:18:47 -0600
Started 2013-01-02 09:03:19 -0600

I'm cranky, hungry and need coffee!!! I hate fasting. …ugh..bringing coffee and food with me..soon as they're done taking my blood I'm drinking my coffee…hahaha

37 replies

IronOre 2013-01-10 00:28:46 -0600 Report

So . . . How was your doc appointment ?

genniedevera 2013-01-12 14:45:19 -0600 Report

Hi IronOre! Appt went well, thanks for asking…result=6.0… I did ask about having coffee before testing, she said no, I can only have water..

IronOre 2013-01-13 00:18:47 -0600 Report

Wow . . . 6.0 very cool !!!!! I am sure that was a relief for you.
Here is another thing that I found in Yahoo.
"The only blood test that requires a patient to be in the fasting state is the lipid panel. Fasting state usually refers to taking nothing by mouth for approximately nine hours. Usually, I just tell my patients not to eat anything after dinner. Water and black coffe is okay. A diary creamy may affect the lipid panel (especially the triglyceride component) result and not recommended. Artificial sweetener and diet soda may not affect your lipid panel, but it may affected your fasting glucose. If your doctor are ordering the Hemoglobin A1C, a fasting state is not required.
I am the doctor."

Knowledgeseeker 2013-01-07 20:41:11 -0600 Report

Hmmm! Do you guys all need your coffee because your metabolism is low??
Do any of you use Stevia to sweeten your coffee?

GabbyPA 2013-01-08 20:17:05 -0600 Report

I drink decaf, but not every day. I am an ocassional coffee drinker and I do prefer it iced with stevia and some milk.

granniesophie 2013-01-08 04:59:30 -0600 Report

Coffee doesn't really do much for me-can drink lots of it with no problem and sleep okay, even while driving home from work! I think for me the morning coffee is just a habit. I miss it when I don't have it, but don't have to have it if I'm somewhere I can't! I don't get caffeine headaches if I don't have it, I have a headache all the time, mostly anyway!
I use Stevia, or a stevia blend, and lately I've been using that new Monk Fruit sweetner-Nectresse. Can't tell the difference-they all sweeten just fine!

GabbyPA 2013-01-04 09:48:11 -0600 Report

Once I had to fast until 2:00 pm while waiting to get into the doctors for my labs. I had shown up at 7:00 am...so I can relate to how you feel. I just fill my tummy with water, lots and lots of water. That helps them find my veins as well. LOL
Hope your test goes well.

genniedevera 2013-01-07 20:53:37 -0600 Report

Til 2:00 pm? Oh wow! If that was me, I would've thrown a fit and called it quits and say I'll do this another day! Lol…my test went well, thank you… my result was 6.0…I will see my dr this thursday to discuss it…

granniesophie 2013-01-04 06:55:31 -0600 Report

The fasting part is usually for stuff like cholesterol. Most doctors like to test your levels at the same time as the A1C. I have my tests today too, and can't even drink coffee, because I can't take my meds until after the test, so I will wind up withl massive acid and heartburn! But I'm stopping at Mickey D's and getting a cup of coffee for after the test, because I'll take my meds right away, and they make great coffee! Better than Starbucks IMO!!

jayabee52 2013-01-04 12:00:30 -0600 Report

you take your meds with coffee? I cannot take coffee for several reasons and one is because it tends to give me heart burn.

When I was drinking coffee I found something which de-acidified the brew. It kept the caffine but took the acid away. It is called the "coffee toddy" system and it reduces the acid 67% leaving a smoother coffee that is easier on the stomach ~ http://www.toddycafe.com/

granniesophie 2013-01-04 13:50:32 -0600 Report

No, no, meds first-then coffee!! And I'm not giving up my coffee, ever!! I only have one vice left now-and that's coffee, I refuse to have no vices my brain would implode!!I am actually not supposed to drink decaf-something with how they decafinate it that messes with people! Go figure!!

jayabee52 2013-01-04 14:30:26 -0600 Report

OK have it your way. Yes I have heard that some decaffeinated coffee is decaffinated with chemicals, and other decaf was made that way through using water see ~ http://www.healthychild.org/live-healthy/faq/...

However the coffee toddy I suggested does not decaffeinate the brew, it simply reduces the acids which are extracted by the hot brewing methods. It might be of value to those of us who have stomach acid problems to switch to the cold brewing method. I know that when I was drinking it, my tummy was not as prone to heartburn.

The downside to that method is it takes an overnight soak at room temp to make the concentrated coffee fluid and then to mix it with the right amount of concentrated coffee and water in the cup and heat it in the microwave. Of course, I liked my coffee cold and would ice it in the hot Nevada summers.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-04 05:06:29 -0600 Report

I've given up everything else, but won't give up my coffee! I drink it with sugar free flavored creamer and splenda! I call it my treat! I've been told that you can have black coffee only when fasting! It's considered a clear liquid. Hope you enjoyed your cup of coffee!

jimLE 2013-01-03 08:41:10 -0600 Report

i hate fasting to.especcily seeing how i love to eat food n drink coffee.if someone put a tap in my knee,theyed have coffeee for a year..lol…i use to put sugar in my coffee.but now.i wont be caught with a cup of coffee with sugar in it..and as for creamers.i've tryed them…EWWWWWWW!!!! yuke.give me my coffee and leave me alone untill i wake up.and we'll all be ok..LOL

IronOre 2013-01-03 00:00:23 -0600 Report

I was curious so I did a quick internet search.
According to this web page, the A1C test does not require fasting.

Nick1962 2013-01-03 08:37:40 -0600 Report

“Fasting A1c” comes up often here and you’re right, there is no such thing. I think in most cases the “fasting” is required because of the slew of other blood tests done at the same time that require it. Most of us just seem to focus on the A1c part.

genniedevera 2013-01-03 05:34:08 -0600 Report

Thank you for taking the time to research…very helpful…I will definitely ask my doc next week…I'm also going to ask why I need to do this every 3 months…most people here do it every 6 months??

IronOre 2013-01-03 08:21:31 -0600 Report

If you are newly diagnosed then they probably want it every 3 months, or if you are not quite in control.
It really makes no sense to require fasting for a blood test, because fasting wiill not affect the result for it, as it would for a urine test.
Good luck with your next appointment !

elucero 2013-01-02 22:25:18 -0600 Report

I think the coffee is ok as long as its black. EEEEWWWW. I'm a flavored coffee drinker. Any sugar free flavors and ill drink more than enough haha.

phoenix20 2013-01-02 23:42:01 -0600 Report

I hate fasting also. I have to do it every 6 months and can only drink black coffee which is okay as that is how I drink it all the time. I always seem to get hungry early in the morning hours when I have to fast and I hate that since I can't eat and then I can't sleep with being hungry. I hate being diabetic but there are alot worse things to have to live with so am thankful that I only have had this 3 years now and not longer.

genniedevera 2013-01-03 05:30:24 -0600 Report

I hear ya…I have to do this every 3 months…aside from diabetes ever since I've been diagnosed I've been experiencing vertigo. ..hate it! So I really hate not being able to eat. …being diagnosed 6 months ago was a rude awakening for me…at least now I eat healthier and been exercising everyday. …it's a conscious effort everyday but I'm determined to control this disease…

old biker
old biker 2013-01-02 14:44:53 -0600 Report

I have been getting blood work done for my diabetes for 11 years now. And when I'm asked if I ate anything that morning I tell them no just a cup of coffee. They tell me that's OK and take my blood

IronOre 2013-01-02 11:40:05 -0600 Report

Been there . . . done that. I feel your pain.
I wonder if they are doing other tests other than the A1C, because it was not required for me to fast for an A1C for quite a few years now. Maybe there are differnt test methods. The tests that require peeing in a cup require fasting . . . at least in my cases.

genniedevera 2013-01-02 15:04:43 -0600 Report

I'm jealous! And no it was just a1c they told me before drawing my blood…i also asked if they needed my urine, but they said no…they did the last time…I will ask when I see my doc for my results…I really hate fasting …

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