3 Diabetes Tests You Must Have
Other Diabetes Tests
In addition to these three diabetes tests, the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recommends that you also get
- Blood lipids tests. This test checks your LDL (bad cholesterol) and
HDL (good cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Lipid profile screening should
be done at least once a year.
- Kidney function tests. Get an annual urine test to check for the
presence of protein, as well as a blood test at least once a year to check for
creatinine. These tests indicate how well your kidneys are working.
- Blood pressure check. Have blood pressure checked at every medical
appointment. The goal for people with diabetes is less than 130/80 if they have
no complications from the disease. If complications are present, the goal is