Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test

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A simple HbA1c blood test used to diagnose diabetes and assess sugar control by identifying blood sugar levels over the previous 8 - 10 weeks.

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Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test

About this test

Why take this test?

  • you look after yourself but you want a general check of your diabetes risk
  • you are taking steps to change your lifestyle and you want to see the impact on your risk for diabetes
  • you have some of the risk factors for diabetes and you want to make sure that your blood sugar is normal

Sugar that is not used for energy is left in the blood, where it attaches itself to haemoglobin - the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen - in a process called glycosylation. The more glucose there is in the bloodstream, the more glucose builds up in the cells. This binding of sugar to molecules in cells is one way diabetes causes physical damage and health problems.

This Glycosylated HB blood test measures the amount of sugar that is attached to the haemoglobin in red blood cells, with results given as a percentage. Because red blood cells live in the bloodstream for about four months, the HbA1c test shows the average blood sugar for the past few months.

Unlike a regular blood sugar test, the HbA1c test is not affected by short-term changes. So even though you may have had high blood sugar on occasion, a good HbA1c result can show that, overall, you are doing a good job of controlling your blood sugar levels.

An elevated result will signify pre-diabetes or even diabetes itself. In its early stages type 2 diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes. It is strongly associated with obestity as well as poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Losing weight through a calorie restricted diet has been shown to bring blood sugar back down to normal levels. An HbA1c diabetes check can help you know whether you need to be taking action to improve your risk factors now. You can learn more about diabetes here.

Your result will come with interpretation and advice from a qualified doctor. 

Who is this test for?

This blood test is for anyone monitoring diabetes, looking for a definitive diabetes diagnosis or for people who wish to monitor their blood sugar control as part of an overall healthy living strategy. 

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included


HbA1c or Haemoglobin A1c is also known as glycosylated haemoglobin and is a longer term measure of glucose levels in your blood than a simple blood glucose test. Glucose attaches itself to the haemoglobin in your red blood cells, and as your cells live for around 8-12 weeks it provides a good indication of the level of sugar in your blood over a 2-3 month period.

This is an important measure for diagnosing type 2 diabetes as well as understanding how well blood sugar levels are being controlled in people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes.

Finger-prick blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.

How to collect a finger-prick blood sample

Postage & packaging

Your Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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