November is diabetes awareness month and we are offering a discount on diabetes lab testing.
About Our Diabetes Panel
The diabetes test panel includes multiple tests relevant to diagnosing and monitoring diabetes. This panel includes important tests usually recommended for anyone living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes is characterized by the body failing to produce insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by failing to produce enough insulin for proper function or by the body not reacting to insulin. Approximately 90 percent of diabetes cases are Type 2.
Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. It occurs when their bodies have very high glucose levels and not enough insulin to transport it into cells. Often women with gestational diabetes have no symptoms, so testing is important if you are considered an at-risk patient.
Fasting is required. You should not consume food or beverages other than water for at least 8 hours prior to visiting the lab.
Our Diabetes Panel Includes These Tests:
• Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
This panel contains 14 different measurements that collectively provide a look at the overall health of your metabolism. This test is used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. CMPs are commonly ordered as part of routine blood work or are recommended by doctors as part of an annual physical.
• Lipid Panel
This measures your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is used to monitor and screen for your risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Hemoglobin A1C
The A1c test works by measuring the hemoglobin A1c level. Hemoglobin is stored in the red blood cells. When glucose levels are high, the sugar starts to combine with the hemoglobin. It takes the body 8 to 12 weeks to bring hemoglobin A1c levels back to normal. Therefore, if hemoglobin A1c levels are high, that means that there has been a high level of glucose in the blood over the last 3 months.
This monitors the presence of trace elements such as glucose, bacteria, and proteins.
• Microalbumin Ratio
This measures how efficiently your kidneys are working.
What Symptoms Are Related To Diabetes?
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty or hungry (even if you are eating or have just eaten)
- Extreme fatigue/lethargy
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty or heavy breathing
- Cuts or bruises that heal slowly
- Itchy skin
- Frequent yeast infections
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight loss (even though you are eating more (Type 1))
- Tingling/numbness/pain in hands and/or feet (Type 2)
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