Sugar Matters
July 15, 2014
Test your knowledge about diabetes tests

Oooh, I LOVE to drop a surprise test on people!!! This one is super-quick, and will mainly serve to remind everyone about the importance of certain tests in diabetes. Have a look while you cool your callaloo soup:{{more}}

1) Blood tests in people with diabetes are:

a) Sometimes a pain in the neck

b) Useless

c) Part of an overall picture my doctor needs in order to keep me healthy

d) Answers A and C

2) The Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) blood test tells my doctor how my blood sugars averaged over the last:

a) Week

b) Month

c) Three months

d) Six months

3) Chose the TRUE statement(s) about liver tests:

a) High liver tests are always because of medication side effects.

b) High liver tests can be caused by diabetes itself.

c) High liver tests can never come back to normal, no matter the cause.

d) My doctor should check my liver tests from time to time, especially when I am taking certain medications.

e) Answers B and D

4) Chose the correct statement(s) about kidney tests:

a. Some medications cannot be safely used based on the results of the kidney tests.

b. Kidney function is an important aspect to follow in persons with diabetes.

c. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney disease and failure.

d. All of the above

5) When my doctor asks to examine my feet, he/she:

a. Should mind his/her own business. My feet stink today.

b. Will be looking for nerve, blood vessel, bone, muscle and skin damage to my feet from diabetes.

c. Should wait until I have a big problem with pain before looking at them.

d. Needs to be told about ANY concerns I have regarding changes I noticed in my feet.

e. Answers B and D

Answers: 1) D 2) C 3) E 4) D 5) E

How did you do? I hope 100 per cent correct!

Until next week, stay safe and healthy VIncies!

Anita Ramsetty, MD

Medical Director Endocrine Care Group

Tel: 843-798-4227