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Overview of C-Peptide
What is C-Peptide?
C peptide is a protein excreted by the kidneys and is a by product of insulin production.
Why is C-Peptide done?
- To assess insulin production by the body from pancreas
- If you have insulin resistance i.e. type 2 diabetes and the doctor wants to see if you need insulin supplement externally
- It may be ordered along with blood glucose levels to identify the cause of hypoglycaemia if you have symptoms like fainting, shivering, confusion, sweating, palpitations etc.
- To diagnose tumors of the pancreas – insulinoma
- To assess amount of insulin production if you are a type 1 diabetic
Preparation for C-Peptide
- No special preparation required
Sample Type for C-Peptide
The sample type collected for C-Peptide is: Blood
Interpreting C-Peptide results
- High level of C peptide usually means there is high insulin production in the body as compared to the glucose intake which is interpreted as insulin resistance and diabetes type 2.
- Low levels mean low insulin production in case of type 1 diabetes and excessive external insulin injections.
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