Diabetes

Diabetes Testing

Over five million people in the U.S. have undiagnosed diabetes. Some people have a genetic pre-disposition towards developing diabetes. Others will develop it because of their eating habits (Metabolic Syndrome, or “Syndrome X”).

Early screening and early detection is the key to the prevention of this long-term and potentially debilitating disease. Not knowing your blood sugar levels runs the risk of exposing yourself to a number of health problems including heart attack, kidney disease, hypertension, glaucoma, and stroke.

By ordering our online diabetes panels you will be able to determine your risk for becoming diabetic. If high blood sugar is detected early enough (a condition known as “pre-diabetes”), you may prevent or possibly even stop the onset of full-blown diabetes by instituting appropriate lifestyle changes, such as a modifying your diet and/or exercising.

The Diabetes Check monitors glycohemoglobin levels and glucose levels: direct measurements of how high your sugar is, and in the event of diabetes, how well it is controlled. This panel also measures levels of electrolyes such as sodium, potassium and calcium, which may be abnormal in poorly controlled diabetics. The Comprehensive Diabetes Screening Panel with the NMR LipoProfile Test reflects the fact that diabetes is a disease closely connected to cardiovascular and circulation-related problems. In addition to the same tests used in the Diabetes Check, this panel also monitors lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL) and lipoproteins.

Since diabetes originates with abnormalities of insulin production, and since insulin is produced by the pancreas, it makes sense to monitor how well the pancreas is functioning. Such individual blood tests can detect problems with the pancreas early in their onset, and include antipancreatic islet cells antibodies, C-peptide protein, IA2 autoantibodies, insulin and proinsulin levels.

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