Managing diabetes just got a whole lot easier.
This test helps monitor and be insightful of your blood sugar levels, so you can manage your diabetes. The results can help you track your progress and evaluate how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.
Fasting is required for this test for 8-12 hours before your appointment. Fasting before a blood draw means you don’t eat or drink anything except water.
Blood, Fasting Required
The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. The higher your A1C level is, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
This cholesterol and lipids panel measures the fatty substances used in the body as energy that contribute to heart health (including cholesterol and triglycerides) to help assess the risk of heart disease.
Blood glucose is a sugar that the bloodstream carries to all cells in the body to supply energy. A person needs to keep blood sugar levels within a safe range to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you should be tested if you are: Older than 45 years or are overweight, younger than 45 years, and have one or more additional risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of diabetes.1
There are no symptoms for people with prediabetes, and diabetes may be severe before there are any warning signs. Likewise, people have no way of knowing they have high cholesterol, kidney or liver disease, or high blood pressure, without being tested.2
Management & Prevention
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes by your doctor, it is crucial to carefully monitor blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight as a first step in controlling the disease. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications, including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.3
1. “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Diabetes.” Www.heart.org, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/diabetes/symptoms-diagnosis–monitoring-of-diabetes?s=q%253Dmonitoring%252520of%252520diabetes%2526sort%253Drelevancy.
2. “Know Your Health Numbers.” American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/diabetes/prevention–treatment-of-diabetes/know-your-health-numbers Last reviewed August 2015.
3. New CDC Report: More than 100 Million Americans Have Diabetes or Prediabetes | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html.Last reviewed: July 18, 2017.
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