Diabetes Blood Tests
Blood Tests for Diabetes Diagnosis and Management
Part of living with diabetes is living with blood tests – and lots of them. From diagnosis through daily self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), you'll be poked and punctured frequently for analysis of blood glucose levels and much more. The results of your blood tests can be a wonderful tool for you as you work to achieve better control of your diabetes. That's why it's important to educate yourself on exactly what these blood tests are, why they are administered, and what the results mean to you.
Please note that many of the blood tests described below require specific preparation for optimum performance, such as a special diet or the suspension of certain medications. To get the most accurate results, be sure to closely follow the instructions of your healthcare provider before taking any diagnostic test. This list is not all-inclusive, and other blood tests may be prescribed based on your specific medical history.
Select one of the blood tests below to learn more:
- Fasting Plasma Glucose
- Lipid Panel
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
- Random Plasma Glucose
- Two-Hour Postprandial
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...