Diabetes: Blood glucose & A1c

This test includes two important tests for diabetes screening and maintenance: 

1) Basic Metabolic Panel which includes blood glucose

2) Hemoglobin A1c which measures average blood sugar over 8 weeks

Basic Metabolic Panel

The blood glucose test measures Glucose (sugar) - Fasting values are usually high in diabetes. Certain drugs, such as thyroid, diuretic, and birth control pills as well as recent intake of food, can elevate glucose levels.

We do not offer this test individually because for the same price you receive the Basiuc Metabolic Panel which includes glucose plus other related tests:

  • BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated),
  • Calcium,
  • Carbon Dioxide,
  • Chloride,
  • Creatinine with GFR Estimated,
  • Glucose,
  • Potassium,
  • Sodium,
  • Urea Nitrogen (BUN)

Hemoglobin A1c

Molecules of glucose (sugar) in the blood bind to this fraction of hemoglobin, and stay bound to it for months. The higher the amount of blood glucose, the higher the amount of hemoglobin A1c, and according to its value, one can obtain the average blood sugar during the previous 8 to 12 weeks. The test indicates how well your diabetes has been controlled in the 2 to 3 months before the test. Information gained from this test can help determine whether your diabetes medication needs to be adjusted. It can also help your health professional estimate your risk of developing complications from diabetes, such as kidney failure, vision problems, and leg or foot numbness. The A1c level is directly related to complications from diabetes: the lower your A1c level, the lower your risk for complications.

Limitations

eGFR is intended for patients with stable renal function.

Preparation: you should fast 8 hours prior to this test, unless you are diabetic or pregnant. Fasting means abstaining from food and any non-water drinks. Do drink plenty of water while fasting and continue with any prescribed medications.

Please be advised, that our services are strictly self pay and are not eligible for submission as a claim to your health insurance provider. However, you can submit the receipt for reimbursement to many Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts for reimbursement.

For more Information on any of your lab test results

  • Consult your physician
  • Review the information on the independent, non-profit web site: labtestsonline.org.

These are not intended as diagnostic comments, but only to give you sufficient information for further discussion with your physician. It is important that you promptly consult your physician regarding any abnormal findings.

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