Blood test that provides prior blood sugar average now recommended for diabetes screening, diagnosis

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In an annual supplement to the journal Diabetes Care, published Dec. 29 by the American Diabetes Association, the A1C test is given a prominent role in the 2010 guidelines for diabetes screening, diagnosis and prevention.

At least 50 million adults and children in the U.S. may be well on their way to developing type 2 diabetes, according to John Buse, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and endocrinology chief at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Buse is former ADA president for medicine and science and a member of the International Expert Committee whose report in July 2009 strongly recommended the A1C assay for diabetes diagnosis and for identifying people at high risk for diabetes. Read more at http://www.unchealthcare.org/site/newsroom/news/2009/December/a1c
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In this video Doctor O’Donovan explains the C-peptide blood test including 1. What C-peptide is 2. Why the test is used 3. What the result of the test might mean.

C-peptide can be useful as a marker of insulin production.

High concentrations of C-peptide within the bloodstream generally indicate high concentrations of insulin. This may be due to excessive insulin production by the body or insulin resistance. High concentrations of C-peptide also are seen with insulinomas which is a tumour of the pancreas that causes excess insulin to be produced. It can also be seen in other disorders such as hypokalaemia, pregnancy, Cushing’s syndrome, and kidney disease.

Low concentrations of C-peptide are seen when insufficient insulin is being produced by the beta cells or when production is suppressed by injected insulin.

More information on diabetes: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

More information on C-peptide: https://labtestsonline.org.uk/tests/c-peptide

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8 Comments

  1. Lisa Andrew

    Nice video, I have purchased NightRider from Ambrosia few months back and it works amazingly with Libre. The feature I love the most it always gives me alarms whenever my glucose goes down.

  2. r s

    Thanks for your very clear explanation!

  3. Paula Morales

    Hi! Thanks for your education, I asked my doctor about this test and my insulin is 426, what kind of medication should I take? Thanks

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