What is a Diabetes Panel?
Our Diabetes Panel is a series of blood tests, grouped together by the guidance from top doctors, to determine your blood sugar levels. Ordering this test will help your physician diagnose Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and even Prediabetes (an indication that you could develop Type 2 Diabetes if certain lifestyle changes are not made asap). Diabetes does not always manifest into physical symptoms, so getting your glucose levels checked regularly based on your risk factors is always a great idea!
Our Diabetes Panel includes the following tests:
- Hemoglobin A1c: Hemoglobin A1C is a blood test used to determine a person’s average blood sugar over a period of three months. It is used to help diagnose diabetes. It can also be used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.
- GlycoMark: GlycoMark® testing provides an estimate of the patient’s postmeal glucose during a one- to two-week period, making it ideal for intermediate term monitoring of glycemic control in diabetic patients. GlycoMark® testing can also help to monitor the effectiveness of therapeutics targeting postprandial glucose (PPG), and is a useful adjunct to routine A1c testing, because it responds more rapidly and sensitively to hyperglycemia than A1c.
- BMP: Which tests your Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Chloride, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium
- Levels of a blood protein (albumin) in your urine. A microalbumin test is used to detect early signs of kidney damage in people who are at risk of developing kidney disease.
What are symptoms of Diabetes?
People who take control of their own diabetes care by eating healthy foods and living an active lifestyle often have good control of their blood sugar levels. Still, regular health checkups and tests are needed. Symptoms of diabetes may include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Blurred vision
- Confusion or a change in the way you normally talk or behave
- Fainting spells
- Seizures (for the first time)
What are risk factors for Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is mostly related to your genetics and environment, meaning it often appears during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 Diabetes can also be caused by genetics and environment, however your lifestyle choices and age also play a big role in developing Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Possible risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes include:
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight (The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.)
- Lack of physical activity
- Ages 45 or over
- Smoking cigarettes