Fructosamine testing may be used to help a person with diabetes monitor and control his or her blood glucose level. The level of fructosamine in the blood is a reflection of glucose levels over the previous 2-3 weeks. (See the “What is being tested?” section for more on this.)
A high fructosamine means that a diabetic’s average glucose over the previous 2 to 3 weeks has been elevated. In general, the higher the fructosamine level, the higher the average blood glucose level. Monitoring the trend of values may be more important than a single high value. A trend from a normal to a high fructosamine level may indicate that a person’s glucose control is not adequate. This, however, does not pinpoint the cause. A review and adjustment to the person’s diet and/or medication may be required to help get the person’s glucose under control. Acute illness and significant stress can also temporarily raise blood glucose levels so these factors may also be taken into account when interpreting results.
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