Fasting Blood Sugar, HbA1c
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
Kidney Function Panel
Peripheral Vascular Evaluation
Diabetes mellitus, usually called diabetes, is a disease in which your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. A high blood sugar level can cause problems in many parts of your body.
Are there different types of diabetes?
The most common ones are Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children. It is also called juvenile onset diabetes mellitus or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. In this type, your pancreas does not make enough insulin and you have to take insulin injections for the rest of your life.
Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, usually occurs in people over 40 and is called adult onset diabetes mellitus. It is also called non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. In Type 2, your pancreas makes insulin, but your body does not use it properly. The high blood sugar level often can be controlled by following a diet and/or taking medication, although some patients must take insulin. Type 2 diabetes is particularly prevalent among African Americans, American Indians, Latin Americans and Asian Americans.
Kidney Function Panel
A renal panel is a group of tests that may be performed together to evaluate kidney (renal) function. The tests measure levels of various substances, including several minerals, electrolytes, proteins, and glucose (sugar), in the blood to determine the current status of the kidneys.
The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are located at the bottom of the ribcage in the right and left sides of the back. They normally filter nearly 150 quarts of blood a day, removing waste products that form from the metabolism of food and from normal cell activity. The kidneys form urine to expel excess water from the body together with these waste products that are removed from the blood.
The kidneys help regulate pH and levels of necessary chemicals in the body—including potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, chloride, and bicarbonate (CO2)—by separating them out from the waste materials and releasing them back into the blood, getting rid of only as much or as little as needed to maintain normal blood levels.
If the kidneys are not functioning properly, waste products can accumulate in the blood and fluid levels can increase to dangerous levels, causing damage to the body or a potentially life-threatening situation. Numerous conditions and diseases can result in damage to the kidneys. The most common causes of and main risk factors for kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension.