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Manage blood tests for your patients with diabetes


Along with blood glucose monitoring, there are other important lab tests to help manage diabetes and other related conditions like cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD).


Testing can contribute to a patient’s journey to optimal health.


Order regular hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tests


An HbA1c test measures a patient’s average blood sugar (glucose) level for the past two to three months. If a patient’s diabetes remains controlled, test less often. Until then, create a reminder to have blood sugar checked two to four times a year.


Keep tabs on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol


LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol; an elevated level is associated with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke.


Kidney support


One in three adults with diabetes may have CKD. This population can have early kidney-function loss and damage without any symptoms.1 That’s why it’s important to talk to your patients about their risk for CKD and testing.


A simple blood test called the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) test is used to ascertain kidney function. The urine albumin-creatinine ratio (uACR), determined by a urine test, can reveal kidney damage. Other additional tests can help diagnose and manage CKD.


Don’t skip these important tests for your patients


  • HbA1c two to four times per year
  • LDL cholesterol tests
  • Annual CKD tests

Refer your patients to one of our three preferred national labs: Quest Diagnostics®, Labcorp or BioReference.


1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic kidney disease in the United States, 2019 (PDF). March 5, 2019. Accessed June 10, 2022.

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