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What different tests do we have for DM?

- Random Glc test
- Fasting Glc test
- HbA1c test
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
- Blood & Urine Ketones
- Urine glucose


All DM tests are indicative of DM, which tests are considered diagnostic and what values would indicate diabetes?

Fasting Venous Plasma Glc > 7mmol/l
Random Venous plasma Glc > 11.1mmol/l
OGTT >11.1mmol/l after 2 hours
HbA1C > 48mmol/mol


Explain how the OGTT works

1) Take a fasting glucose
2) Give them oral glucose load
3)Test again after 2 hours

If its still raised then its +ve for diabetes (should normally return to normal within 1 hour of ingesting glucose)


What do we need to diagnose Diabetes Mellitus?

2 +ve diagnostic tests (fasting or random glucose, OGTT or HbA1c)


1 +ve diagnostic test + Symptoms


Explain what HbA1c is?

Glycalated Haemoglobin.
It forms from haemoglobin and plasma Glc.
The amount that forms is directly proportional to the amount of Glc in the blood.
So HbA1c level tells you the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last few weeks


In what groups can't we use HbA1c tests?

- Children or young people
- Pregnant women
- The acutely ill
- Meds that affect glucose e.g. CCS or antipsychotics
- Acute pancreatic damage
- renal Failure
- HIV infection

Basically anything that would alter recent glucose levels renders HbA1c useless


How would you diagnose DKA?

By the specific presentation and blood/urine ketone testing.


Describe the biochem results of a patient with DKA?

1) High glucose
2) Low Bicarbonate (kessmauls resp)
3) Low Na+ (diluted by movement of water)
4) High urea, potassium & Creatinine (dehydration reduces excretion)


When would you want to test C-peptide?

lets say a patient is having repetitive hypos.
You test their insulin levels to see if thats the source and its raised.
C-peptide will tell you if they have factitious anaemia (excess insulin administered) or an insulinoma (excess insulin production)


What would you want to monitor to keep an eye out for long-term complications?

Urine Albumin/creatinin Ratio (for nephropathy)
Lipids & BP for CV disease