Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by elevated blood sugar. Diabetes can be detected by sugar in the urine or by an elevated blood sugar level. The blood test is necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
The symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst and excessive urination. Diabetes can be detected before symptoms occur through screening blood tests.
Diabetes is one of the major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Your provider may advise blood testing to screen for diabetes at routine visits depending on other risk factors and symptoms.