Tests & Screenings

The first step in diabetes treatment is an accurate diagnosis. At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer a range of tests and screenings to determine if a patient is pre-diabetic, has Type I (formerly childhood diabetes), or Type II (formerly adult onset) diabetes. The names changed because children can contract Type II, and adults can contract Type I. These are very different diagnoses, requiring different approaches to exercise, nutrition and medication. 

To make an appointment for counseling or testing, please call (708) 383-6200 and ask for Diabetes Counseling, or click on the button below.

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COUNSELING SCREENING

During a Diabetes counseling session, a doctor, nurse or diabetes educator will discuss your symptoms and family history. If indicated, one of the following tests may be ordered. 

A1C TEST

An “A1C” is a blood test that indicates average blood sugar levels over the previous sixty to ninety days. It is used for diagnosis or to evaluate a treatment program.

RANDOM BLOOD SUGAR TEST

In this test, a blood sample is taken at a random time. It is the first test in diagnosis. 

FASTING BLOOD SUGAR TEST

With a fasting blood sugar test, a blood sample is taken after an overnight fast. It is a secondary diagnosing test. 

ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST

An oral glucose tolerance test first measures blood sugar level after an overnight fast. After the initial test, you’ll drink a sugary liquid. Blood sugar levels are then tested periodically for the next two hours. This test helps doctors with a definitive diagnosis.