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C - Peptide Insulin Suppression Test Immunoassay / Eia Blood Serum

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C - Peptide Insulin Suppression Test Immunoassay / Eia Blood Serum

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What is this test?

C-peptide is a substance produced by the beta cells in the pancreas when proinsulin splits apart and forms one molecule of C-peptide and one molecule of insulin. Insulin helps the body use and control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. A C-peptide test measures the amount of insulin by measuring the amount of this peptide in the blood, since the level of C-peptide in the blood can show how much insulin is being made by the pancreas. This test can be done when diabetes has just been found and there is no clarity over which type of diabetes it is. A person whose pancreas does not make any insulin (type 1 diabetes) has a low level of insulin and C-peptide. A person with type 2 diabetes can have a normal or high level of C-peptide. A high level of C-peptide generally indicates a high level of endogenous insulin production. This may be in response to a high blood glucose caused by glucose intake and/or insulin resistance. A high level of C-peptide is also seen with insulinomas and may be seen with low blood potassium, Cushing syndrome, and renal failure. When used for monitoring, decreasing levels of C-peptide in someone with an insulinoma indicate a response to treatment; levels that are increasing may indicate a tumor recurrence. A low level of C-peptide is associated with a low level of insulin production. This can occur when insufficient insulin is being produced by the beta cells, with diabetes for example, or when production is suppressed by treatment with exogenous insulin.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for C - Peptide Insulin Suppression Test Immunoassay / Eia Blood Serum. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing C - Peptide Insulin Suppression Test Immunoassay / Eia Blood Serum. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

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GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groups0.8-3.1 ng/ml
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