The Ultimate Diabetes Blood Tests Quiz
by Staff
Several different types of blood tests can help your doctor confirm a diabetes diagnosis or whether your diabetes management plan is effective. All blood tests are relatively simple and easy to understand. Take this quiz and learn how your doctor assesses your blood glucose levels.

How long do you have to fast for a fasting blood glucose test?

  • at least 8 hours
  • at least 12 hours
  • at least 24 hours

A fasting blood glucose test should be done in:

  • the morning
  • the afternoon
  • the evening

How high does your fasting blood glucose have to be for a diagnosis of diabetes?

  • over 100 mg/dL
  • over 115 mg/dL
  • over 125 mg/dL

What is the purpose of the hemoglobin A1c test?

  • To diagnose diabetes.
  • To help with diabetes management.
  • both of the above

What does the hemoglobin A1c test measure?

  • blood insulin levels
  • blood sugar levels over the past three months
  • both of the above

You diabetes treatment plan is working if your hemoglobin A1c is under:

  • 7 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent

How often should you have a hemoglobin A1c test if you have diabetes?

  • every three months
  • every six months
  • once a year

Who typically receives an oral glucose test?

  • older people with type 2 diabetes
  • children with type 1 diabetes
  • pregnant women

An oral glucose test involves:

  • measuring your blood glucose several times over a few hours
  • taking a swab of your saliva for testing
  • examining the glucose in your mouth and esophagus

If you have gestational diabetes, your blood glucose levels during an oral glucose test will:

  • rise and then plummet
  • rise and not go down
  • rise and plummet several times over a few hours

What are you instructed to do before an oral glucose test?

  • Fast for 12 hours.
  • Eat a diet rich in carbohydrates for three days leading up to the test.
  • both of the above

What blood glucose level is considered high for a random blood glucose test?

  • 150 mg/dL
  • 200 mg/dL
  • 225 mg/dL

Let's say you are being assessed for diabetes. What will your doctor likely do if you have an abnormal blood test result?

  • Your doctor will perform another test for confirmation.
  • Your doctor will diagnose you with diabetes.
  • Your doctor will take a pancreatic biopsy.

What do you likely have if your blood glucose levels are consistently between normal and high?

  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • impaired glucose tolerance
  • diabetes mellitus

If you have prediabetes, you are at risk for developing:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • both of the above

Your doctor will diagnose you as having type 1 diabetes if you have elevated blood glucose levels and:

  • you are under 30 years of age
  • you recently experienced unexplained weight loss
  • both of the above

Your doctor will diagnose you as having type 2 diabetes if you have elevated blood glucose levels and:

  • you are over 30 years of age
  • you are overweight
  • both of the above

Besides blood tests, what other information does your doctor use to diagnosis diabetes?

  • physical exam
  • family medical history
  • both of the above

Why do most doctors prefer the fasting blood glucose test for diagnosing diabetes?

  • It's the most accurate test.
  • It's been used the longest and most doctor's are familiar with it.
  • It's the fastest and cheapest test.

Blood glucose readings are measured in mg/dL, What does “mg/dL” mean?

  • milligram of glucose per deciliter of blood
  • milligram of blood per deciliter of glucose
  • milligram of glucose per detriliter of blood