What is the Diabetes Screening panel?
The Diabetes Screening panel measures the blood levels of Glucose & Hemoglobin A1c.
Why is the Diabetes Screening panel important?
Blood Glucose, also known as blood sugar, varies during the day. The blood glucose test as a screening test for diabetes and a level less than 140 is considered safe. Elevated blood glucose levels are suggestive of diabetes. The HbA1c is a good screening test for diabetes. It measures the average blood glucose over the past 120 days so that you can see how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the past few months. If your level is between 5.7 and 6.4, you are at an increased risk for diabetes. A level >6.4 would suggest that you have diabetes. If you already have diabetes, you should routinely monitor your Hemoglobin A1c to make sure that it is below 7.0 to ensure that you have adequate blood sugar control.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Diabetes Screening Panel is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.