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How to Use a C-Peptide Test and How it Can Help You

1.Why is the C-peptide test important?

 This test will measure the amount of C-peptide in your urine or blood test. C-peptide is a substance made in the pancreas, along with insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls the body’s glucose (blood sugar) levels. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy. If your body does not produce enough insulin, it may be a sign of diabetes.

2.What does it help with?

A C-peptide test can be used to help diagnose type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin and the C-peptide levels will be low. In type 2 diabetes, the body still makes insulin, but doesn’t use it correctly. This may result in high C-peptide levels.

Here are some other reasons a C-peptide test may be use:

3.Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Sweating
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Abnormal hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Fainting 

If so, you may need to get aC-peptide test. Having diabetes can be difficult, but it’s also manageable. A C-peptide test is sometimes need to see what type of diabetes you have — type 1 or type 2 — and to screen for hypoglycemia.

4.What is the process of a C-peptide test?

A is usually given as a blood test. During a blood test, a health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is insert, a small amount of blood will be collect into a test tube or vial. You may feel a little sting when the needle goes in or out. This usually takes less than five minutes.

C-peptide can also be measure in urine. Your health care provider may ask you to collect all urine passed in a 24-hour period. This is call as 24-hour urine sample test. For this test, your health care provider or a laboratory professional will give a container in which to collect your urine and instructions on how to collect and store your samples. A 24-hour urine sample test generally includes the following steps:

5.What should I do in preparation for the test? 

If you have been order a blood test, be sure to ask your health care provider if there are any instructions about fasting. For a C-peptide urine test, be sure to ask your health care provider if there are specific instructions.

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