Tests for Diabetes Directory
Your doctor uses blood tests to see if you have diabetes. If she suspects diabetes, she will order blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c tests. These tests plus the American Diabetes Association’s criteria confirm her diagnosis. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In that case, she may order C-peptide or autoantibodies tests. In addition, she may order tests to look for high blood pressure, high sugar levels, or organ damage. Regularly scheduled medical tests plus personal monitoring help control diabetes. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about tests for diabetes, what they are, what to consider, and much more.
Do You Know Your A1c Target?
Whether you have diabetes or your doctor thinks you might be at risk, you've likely heard of an A1c test. The common blood test gives information about your blood sugar in order to test for and manage diabetes
Do I Need a Microalbumin Urine Test?
A microalbumin urine test can detect kidney disease early on and help you prevent more serious problems. Learn when you need one, how it works, and what the results mean.
What Are Ketones and Their Tests?
A ketone test can warn you of a serious diabetes complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Learn what ketones are, when you need to test, and how to do it.
What is a C-Peptide Test?
Find out when your doctor might recommend the C-peptide test and what your results mean for your diabetes.