Our Diabetes Test measures your HbA1c levels and is a reliable risk indicator of developing pre-diabetes and diabetes.
The Diabetes Test is a quick and easy home-to-lab finger-prick blood test which measure levels of glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in your blood. Also, HbA1c measures your average blood glucose (sugar
) levels over the past three months. As a result, this test is a useful indicator and allows for early detection of risk for diabetes.
Along with the measurement of HbA1c in your blood, you will also receive guidance on how to bring your level down to decrease your risk of developing diabetes and how you can make small steps to improve your health and wellbeing.
- Our clinically proven test is carried out by our expert laboratory, who will assess your levels of glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in your blood with a simple home-to-laboratory blood test.
- Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. Besides, around three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by merely maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.
What is glycosylated haemoglobin a1c hba1c?
Much of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy. However, the pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its insulin as well as it should. Further, this causes glucose to build up in your blood.
Haemoglobin (Hb) molecules, a component of the red cells in the blood, contain iron and carry oxygen around the body, delivering it to cells. Meanwhile, the bone marrow produces red blood cells, including haemoglobin, which live for around three months. During its life, glucose molecules one by one “stick” to the haemoglobin molecules. For instance, the more glucose that’s in the bloodstream, the more sticks to the haemoglobin.
Research has shown that the amount of HbA1c found in the blood closely reflects the average level of glucose that has been circulating in the blood over the last three months.
Monitoring HbA1c, therefore, allows for early detection of risk for diabetes and associated conditions.
Why is this a vital health check?
Several factors can cause high blood glucose levels which subsequently leads to high HbA1c levels.
Over a while, high glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet and your kidneys. These are the most common complications of diabetes. Having diabetes increases your risk of the following:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney Disease
- Eye Disease
- Neuropathy (damage to the nerves)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Complications in pregnancy
- Reduced life expectancy and increased mortality
Who is the Diabetes Test suitable?
Diabetes test is suitable for a wide range of people, including:
- Those who are overweight and are concerned about developing diabetes. (Please note: not all people with diabetes are obese, but statistics show that 80-85 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. The more overweight and the more inactive you are, the higher your risk.);
- People of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent;
- Women with a waist measurement higher than 31.5in (80cm) have an increased risk of diabetes;
- Men: White or Black men and waist are 37in (94cm) or more have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For Asian man, the figure is 35in (90cm) or more;
- Those with a family history of diabetes. The closer the relative is, the higher the risk.
This test is also good for those who are suffering from the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Cuts or sores that take a long time to heal
- Itching skin or yeast infections
- Excessive thirst, dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Leg pain
*Diabetes Test (HbA1c) results are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use Diabetes Test results for diagnosing or treating medical or health condition. If you feel unwell or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your GP.
Please note: this test is only available in the England, Scotland and Wales