Diabetes Check Diabetes is a serious disease that can seriously impact the quality of your life. It affects the way your body produces and responds to the hormone insulin, resulting in abnormal metabolism and elevated levels of sugars in the body. $39.00 Add to cart Product Details Diabetes Check Overview Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is an essential part of taking care of your health. Persistently elevated sugar levels are a sign of diabetes and can increase your risk of heart disease, kidney damage, and stroke. Whether you're concerned about your risk or want to monitor your diabetes, Diabetes Check can help you assess how to prevent or manage diabetes proactively. Markers Measured Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c): the average amount of glucose in your blood over an extended period (typically 8 to 12 weeks). High HbA1c levels may indicate prediabetes or diabetes. Note: HbA1c may not be an accurate reflection of average blood glucose in people with certain conditions such as sickle cell disease, iron deficiency, or heavy bleeding. Why Consider This Test Detection More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes; 7.2 million aren’t aware they have the condition.1 Progress and Prevention Studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes.1 Screening Matters The American Diabetes Association suggests screening for diabetes for 2 Individuals 45 years of age or older Women with a history of diabetes during pregnancy Individuals that are overweight or obese and have one or more of the following risk factors: a history of high blood pressure and/or cardiovascular disease, a first-degree relative with diabetes, women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), individuals with certain ethnic backgrounds (e.g., African American, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino, Pacific Islander), physical inactivity, high HDL cholesterol (<35) and Triglycerides (>250) References CDC, New CDC report: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Available at:https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html. Last reviewed: July 18, 2017. Last updated: July 18, 2017. ADA Guidelines, Diabetes Care 2018; 41 (Suppl.1) S13-S27. Available at: https://doi.org/10.2337/dc18-S002 What will your results tell you? Your results will show your HbA1c level, as well as a range of healthy values, so that you can understand how your result compares to a healthy range. Your results will include resources to support you in making informed lifestyle choices. We always encourage talking to a healthcare provider when seeking a medical determination or diagnosis. How does collecting a sample for the Diabetes Check work? You will need to provide 4-6 large drops of blood into the collection device by pricking your finger with the supplied lancet. Proper hydration is critical in order to obtain the most accurate results and to aid in getting a good sample. It is important to drink plenty of fluids before collecting your sample. If you are not properly hydrated, you may find the flow of blood is slow, and you may have to stick your finger more than once. Tip: Get a head start on hydration. Drink extra water beginning the day before you plan to collect your blood sample to ensure you’re adequately hydrated when you’re ready to collect. After collecting your sample, simply return the completed collection device to the lab in the pre-addressed, postage-paid kit box, and your results will be available online in 2-3 business days. * Pixel by LabCorp offers laboratory tests for general wellness monitoring. Our test results provide personalized information and are meant only for wellness purposes. They are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or medical condition and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or clinically-guided treatment. We always recommend seeking the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding interpretation of your laboratory test results, a medical condition, or other health related issues. You should not make changes in treatment plans without first talking to your health care provider, including changes in medicine, diet, or exercise regimens. Pixel by LabCorp does not have a doctor-patient relationship with you, nor does it have access to a complete medical history or physical examination conducted by a physician that would be necessary for a complete diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Neither you nor your physician should rely solely on this guidance. Markers Measured Hemoglobin A1cHemoglobin A1c, also called A1c or glycated hemoglobin, is hemoglobin with glucose attached. The A1c test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2 to 3 months by measuring the percentage of glycated (glycosylated) hemoglobin.Hemoglobin is an oxygen-transporting protein found inside red blood cells (RBCs). There are several types of normal hemoglobin, but the predominant form – about 95-98% – is hemoglobin A. As glucose circulates in the blood, some of it spontaneously binds to hemoglobin A.The higher the level of glucose in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin is formed. Once the glucose binds to the hemoglobin, it remains there for the life of the red blood cell – normally about 120 days. The predominant form of glycated hemoglobin is referred to as A1c. A1c is produced on a daily basis and slowly cleared from the blood as older RBCs die and younger RBCs (with non-glycated hemoglobin) take their place.This test may be used to screen for diabetes or risk of developing diabetes. Standards of medical care in diabetes from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) state that diabetes may be diagnosed based on A1c criteria or plasma glucose criteria, either the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) or the 2-hour plasma glucose value after a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).This test is also used to monitor treatment for someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes. It helps to evaluate how well the person's glucose levels have been controlled by treatment over time. For monitoring purposes, an A1c of less than 7% indicates good glucose control and a lower risk of diabetic complications for the majority of diabetics.However, the ADA and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) recommend that the management of glucose control in type 2 diabetes be more "patient-centered." Data from recent studies have shown that low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can cause complications and that people with risk of severe hypoglycemia, disease duration, underlying health conditions, established vascular complications, and a limited life expectancy do not necessarily benefit from having a stringent goal of less than 7% for their A1c. It is recommend that people work closely with their healthcare provider to select a goal that reflects each person's individual health status and that balances risks and benefits. https://labtestsonline.org/tests/hemoglobin-a1cContent powered by:© 2018 American Association for Clinical Chemistry, republished from Lab Tests Online.*Descriptions of clinical laboratory tests were originally prepared for use on Lab Tests Online, an award-winning patient education website on clinical laboratory testing. 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