- Blood samples
- 2 mL serum collected in SST
Who should get tested?
Insulin resistance is a condition where the body’s cells don’t respond well to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Over time, this can lead to higher blood sugar levels and may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other health complications. An insulin resistance score can help identify the condition before it progresses.
If you fall into any of the following categories, consider getting an insulin resistance score:
- Overweight or Obese Individuals: Extra weight, particularly around the abdomen, can increase the body’s resistance to insulin.
- People with a Family History of Type 2 Diabetes: Genetics can play a significant role in insulin resistance, making it crucial for those with a family history to monitor their levels.
- Individuals with High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol: These conditions often accompany insulin resistance, signaling a higher risk.
- Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is often linked with insulin resistance and can benefit from early detection.
- Those with Sedentary Lifestyles: Lack of physical activity can contribute to insulin resistance.
- Patients with Pre-diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome: These conditions are directly related to insulin resistance.
By getting an insulin resistance score, you can take proactive steps in managing your health through lifestyle modifications and medical interventions if necessary. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine if this test is appropriate for you
- Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
- Test turnaround time for the is typically 3-5 business days.
- This panel requires fasting (no food or drink, only water) for 8-12 hours before your appointment.
Individual Test Information
- Insulin Test: This test measures the level of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood glucose levels. It’s crucial for individuals experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia or those suspected of having insulinoma or insulin resistance. By monitoring insulin levels, our test can help manage and prevent the complications of diabetes.C-Peptide Test: Serving as a marker of insulin production, the C-Peptide Test helps distinguish between insulin produced by the body and insulin injected as medication. It’s particularly beneficial for those with type 1 diabetes, as it can gauge how much insulin their pancreas is still producing. This test can also play a role in determining the cause of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Insulin Resistance Score: This score is derived from a combination of tests, including fasting glucose and insulin levels. It provides a comprehensive look at how well your body responds to insulin. An essential tool for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the score can guide lifestyle changes and interventions to reduce this risk.
By utilizing these targeted lab tests, patients and healthcare providers can make informed decisions for effective diabetes management and preventive strategies. Schedule your tests today and take the first step towards understanding and improving your metabolic health.
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