Diabetes Tests

Diabetes tests

Diabetes tests or diabetes screening testing is a great way to make sure you catch the early signs of diabetes at the earliest stages. 

These diabetes screening test is the most common test that is used in Canada to determine the early stages of diabetes. 

The Reason For The Diabetes Tests

The main reasons for diabetes screening test is to be used to seek out more medical advice from your doctor or medical professional.

When doing these test is not used as a diagnosis, and a diabetes screening test is not always accurate, for example if you were nervous while take these test make sure to inform your doctor before hand.

What Diabetes Test Are Available

Below are the following test that are used to diagnose or distinguish between the different type of diabetes. 

  • C-peptide Test
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
  • GAD Antibodies Test
  • HbA1c Test for Diabetes
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

Who Should Be Screen For Diabetes

If you range between the age of 40 to  74 that you should get checked for the risk of type 2 diabetes and other common and long term health issues.

Another reason that you should be tested is if you have any one of these diabetic symptoms, like frequent urination, increased thirst or feeling tired all the time.

Diabetes screening test should be done for people who have a high risk factor or type 2 diabetes such as being overweight, having a family member with type 2 diabetes or being African-Caribbean (black), Middle Eastern or South Asian origin. 

Another reason to get screen for diabetes is if you are pregnant you should be screen for gestational diabetes which does occur around the 24 and 28 week.  If you had gestational diabetes in previous pregnancy you have a higher risk to having it again.

What Should You Do If You Have Diabetes? 

Positive Result

If you get a positive result that indicate a diagnosis of diabetes, but if you have any doubt you should get a second test to confirm the result.

Did you fall within the range of prediabetes while doing a diabetes test , you should be monitored each year to make you keep your blood sugar under control. 

Negative Results

Did you just get a negative result during your diabetes screening then this is good news, but it is important to know that you can develop diabetes later on in life, so it is a good idea to know what the symptoms of diabetes to spot them and you should contact your doctor if you do.

It’s also a great idea to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy diet and keeping fit with regular physical activity.

The video below will show you Fasting Plasma Glucose Test.

If you want to learn more about the A1C Test read it at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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