C-peptide test cost varies based on your location and the service provider of your choice. The lowest C-peptide test cost without insurance is $69. And the average C-peptide test cost without insurance is $92.
You can find the C-peptide test providers’ information near you below.
How much does the C-peptide test cost?
C-peptide test cost ranges between $69 and $107 in different labs and facilities across the U.S. To view and compare the prices in different labs offered by different providers, click the button below.
C-peptide test cost with insurance
Most of the insurance companies in the US cover for C-peptide test cost. But, our C-peptide testing providers do not accept any health insurance. But, if the insurance company accepts to reimburse you, on request, they can provide you with an itemized receipt containing all the details like the name and code of the test, and CPT code that is necessary for insurance reimbursement purposes.
We recommend you to check with your insurance company for reimbursement if you get tested with our C-peptide testing providers.
C-peptide test cost without insurance
Frequently asked questions about C-peptide test
The article below covers all the significant topics that are related to the C-peptide test. We cover the purpose, procedure, preparation, and risks of the C-peptide test.
What is C-peptide?
C-peptide is a substance that is released into the bloodstream as a byproduct created when insulin is produced. Insulin is very important for the transportation of glucose into the body cells. So whenever insulin is released from the beta cells of the pancreas, equal amounts of C-peptide are also released. For each molecule of insulin released, there is a molecule of C-peptide.
C-peptide is an important marker of insulin production because C-peptide remains in the blood longer than insulin.
Why is a C-peptide test done?
The C-peptide test is also known as the “Insulin C-peptide test”. The C-peptide test is done to measure the level of c-peptide in the blood or urine. This test helps to find out the difference between type 1 diabetes (a type of diabetes where the pancreas makes little or no insulin) and type 2 diabetes (a type of diabetes where the body doesn’t use the insulin effectively). It is also used to diagnose the causes of hypoglycemia.
Your physician will also order a C-peptide test if you experience the following symptoms that are caused due to low blood glucose levels.
- Rapid pulse
- Irregular heartbeat
- Excessive hunger
- Blurred vision
- Seizures and loss of consciousness (in severe cases)
- To check the effectiveness of ongoing treatment for diabetes
- To diagnose insulinoma (a rare of neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas that is derived from beta cells)
- If you have undergone pancreatectomy (surgical removal of the pancreas)
- If you have undergone islet cell transplantation
- To check whether you have insulin resistance
Normal levels of C-peptide
The normal levels of C-peptide can vary from lab to lab. However, the normal C-peptide levels are within the range between 0.5 and 2.0 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter). The normal range may also be expressed as between 0.17 and 0.90 nmol/L (nanomoles per liter).
How is the C-peptide test done?
1. C-peptide blood test
It takes less than 5 to 10 minutes to perform this test.
2. C-peptide urine test
Is there any preparation required before the test?
The preparation for a C-peptide test depends on the age of the person and the purpose of the test. In some cases, your physician will ask you to fast for at least 12 hrs before the test. He/she might also ask you not to drink alcohol and stop vitamin B7 (biotin) supplements for 24 hours before the sample collection because they can influence the C-peptide levels and result in an inaccurate diagnosis.
Are there any risks in the test?
There are no possible risks or complications in the C-peptide 24-hour urine test. But sometimes when the blood sample is drawn, you might feel dizziness, slight pain, bruise or redness in the injected area for a very little period. If you have any abnormal bleeding in the injected area, inform your physician or phlebotomist immediately.
What does the test result mean?
If the c-peptide levels are lower than normal, it indicates the possibility of any of the following conditions.
- Type 1 diabetes
- Addison disease (a disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones)
- Liver disease
It might also indicate that diabetes treatment is not working effectively.
If the c-peptide levels are higher than normal, it indicates the possibility of any of the following conditions.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Insulin resistance
- Cushing’s syndrome (a disorder in which the body makes excess cortisol hormone)
- Kidney disease
- Low blood potassium
High levels of c-peptide may also be caused due to a certain class of diabetes drugs known as sulfonylureas. They include
- glimepiride (Amaryl)
- glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL)
- glyburide (Glynase, Micronase)
The test result might also mean various other conditions. So it is very important to discuss the test result with your concerned physician.
If appropriate and necessary, your physician might order other tests like the A1c test and blood glucose test to confirm and rule out the diagnosis.
The C-peptide blood test can be done in any of the following locations across the U.S. by visiting the nearest lab. To know the C-peptide test cost, refer to the first section of the article.
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