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Diabetes Mellitus is caused by a reduced or absent production of insulin by the pancreas.
A deficiency of insulin causes the level of glucose in the blood to rise and can, if untreated, lead to coma.
One of the first symptoms is thirst and the need to pass water more frequently.
By using diet restrictions, insulin and other drugs, doctors try to lower the blood sugar level.
To assess the effectiveness of therapy, doctors check the urine for sugar and also the blood Glucose levels after fasting and after meals. These tests inform the doctor if the blood sugar level is under control at the time of the test.
The Glycosylated Haemoglobin blood test gives an idea how well the blood sugar level has been controlled in the previous 6-8 weeks - the approximate half life of red blood cells.
Haemoglobin is the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells. A small part of it is bound to glucose to form glycosylated haemoglobin. In normal people 3-8% of haemoglobin is glycosylated, but in people with uncontrolled diabetes the levels of glycosylated haemoglobin can be any where between 8-20%.
Albumin is a protein that occurs in the blood stream. Normally, the kidneys filter it out of the urine, but when kidney disease occurs they can no longer do this as efficiently. Regular testing for the presence of microalbumin is important as it is one of the first indicators of early kidney disease - at a stage where kidney function can be preserved.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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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.
The random blood glucose test can be taken at any time of day. It measures the level of sugar in your blood and is an indicator of how well your body is metabolising sugars to store in your cells as glycogen.
As the test is random, the reference ranges are higher than that of a fasting sample as the test could have been performed shortly after eating.
Raised levels could indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes.
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.
We will send you your Diabetes Check Monitoring blood, urine sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Diabetes Check Monitoring includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood, urine 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, urine sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood, urine 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.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood, urine results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Diabetes Check Monitoring results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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 Check Monitoring results.
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