Diabetes Testing Products

Diabetes Testing Essentials

Find glucose and A1c tests and controls and related products from trusted brands to test patient samples for evidence or assessment of diabetes and related conditions.

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Step 1. Glucose Testing

Find meters and analyzers to accurately test blood glucose levels in the lab or at the bedside. Glucose assessments are often performed using a dedicated instrument or they may be measured on a clinical chemistry analyzer, individually or with a panel of other diagnostic tests.

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Step 2. A1c Testing

Assess Hemoglobin A1c levels in the lab or at the bedside with these analyzers and assays. Perform HbA1c assessments with a dedicated instrument or use a clinical chemistry analyzer to perform the assay individually or along with other diagnostic tests.

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Step 3: Testing Controls

Find assayed and unassayed controls for glucose and hemoglobin A1c testing. Be confident in the accuracy of your diagnostic test results while maintaining compliance with CLIA and other requirements for quality control and assurance.

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Step 4: Related Products

Find specimen collection products and glucose tolerance beverages. Choose glucose beverages with 50, 75 or 100 g concentrations in a variety of flavors. Specimen collection products include manual and automated lancets, evacuated blood collection tubes, and other related items.

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Clinical laboratory assays for glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and other diabetes testing products help provide clinicians with timely results for patient diagnosis and treatment.

One of the most common diabetes testsis blood glucose or blood “sugar”. Elevated levels of glucose in the circulating blood may indicate that the patient has diabetes. Some diabetes is congenital, while some may be due to diet or pregnancy. Blood glucose testing may be performed when the patient is fasting or randomly (without fasting).

Glucose tolerance testing is performed to assess a patient’s ability to metabolize glucose, which may confirm a diabetes diagnosis or determine the presence of gestational diabetes. After collecting a fasting specimen, patients consume a beverage that contains a known amount of glucose. After the patient has finished the beverage, one or more additional blood samples are collected at specific time intervals. Elevated blood glucose levels may indicate the need for further testing.

Two to ten percent of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational or pregnancy-related diabetes. This condition can increase the risk of high blood pressure in the mothers, larger babies, early deliveries, or the need for a surgical delivery (Caesarian-section). Approximately 50 percent of patients with gestational diabetes later develop type 2 diabetes.

In addition to assessing glucose levels, testing for hemoglobin A1c provides insights about average blood glucose levels during the previous three months. It measures the amount of glucose bound to hemoglobin and is used to detect pre-diabetes, diabetes, and to help manage patient care.

Glucose and A1c testing may be performed using regular clinical analyzers or with point-of-care or other specific meters or instruments. As with all clinical diagnostic testing, instruments must be calibrated, and controls used to help maintain result accuracy and precision.