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Diabetes Risk Test

What is Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not able to properly process glucose (sugar).  Glucose comes from the food we eat and is the main source of energy for the body.  Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps the body utilize glucose properly.  When the body can't make enough insulin or can't use the insulin it produces effectively, blood glucose levels rise.  Elevated blood sugar can lead to a number of health issues including loss of eyesight, poor circulation, heart disease, and kidney failure.

Who has a higher Diabetes risk?

Diabetes can be either type 1 or type 2.  Type 1 diabetes is caused by an immune reaction in which the body mistakenly attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.  Unlike type 2, type 1 is difficult to predict and can develop at any age.  People with a family history of type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop it themselves.  There are a number of risk factors for type 2 diabetes.  These include:

  • Being overweight
  • Over 45 years of age
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Having a family member with type 2 diabetes

What symptoms indicate a higher risk for Diabetes

Diabetes can be difficult to diagnose because many people will not experience any early symptoms.  When symptoms do occur they can include:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Frequent infections

How to test your Diabetes Risk

Because many people may not experience any symptoms of diabetes until well into the disease, lab testing can be an important step in determining your diabetes risk.  Common tests can give you the information you need to work with your doctor and determine if lifestyle changes or medication are necessary.  One of the most common tests for diabetes is Hemoglobin A1C.  This blood test measures your average blood sugar over the past couple of months.  This test can more accurately assess your glucose levels that a standard blood glucose test which will only tell you what your blood sugar is at that moment.  Another common test is a Glucose Tolerance Test.  This test measures your blood sugar before and after drinking a glucose solution to see how efficiently your body can process glucose.  A Diabetes Autoimmune test looks for several types of antibodies that are common in people with autoimmune disorders.  This test can help distinguish between diabetes type 1 and 2.

Where to get a Diabetes Risk test

Request A Test offers hundreds of affordable lab tests including tests that can help evaluate your diabetes risk.  We work with 2 of the largest lab companies in the US to provide over 3600 convenient testing locations.  Orders can be placed online at www.requestatest.com or by phone at 1-888-732-2348.  Placing an order takes as little as 10 minutes and you can go to the lab on the same day.  Many tests see results in as little as one business day and results can be accessed online whenever you need them through your private account.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Since 2002, we have a proven track record of offering excellent customer service, affordable pricing with no hidden fees, and our enduring commitment to protect your personal information.
  • No doctor's order? (No problem!) Our national physician network provides the required doctor's order for the lab. Insurance is not needed to order lab testing nor will your insurance company be billed.
  • We are partnered with two of the largest CLIA certified labs in the US, to offer you the latest lab testing technology with prompt and accurate results. (These are the same labs used by hospitals and physicians.)
  • With over 3,600 lab locations to choose from and same day collection, we make lab testing quick and convenient. No appointment is needed. Find your local lab with our location finder.
  • We offer an extensive and detailed test menu. Ordering can be done online or over the phone. Not finding a test? Simply give us a call.

 

If you're concerned about your diabetes risk, Request A Test is here to help.

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