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Diabetes is caused by excessive glucose or sugar remaining in the blood rather than getting into the cells for energy. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder whereby the pancreas fails to produce insulin, whereas type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease caused by over-consumption of sugar, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Measuring blood sugar is a crucial part of the diagnosis and management of diabetes. In the early stages type 2 diabetes may be able to be reversed or managed through lifestyle changes, in particular through cutting down on sugar and losing weight. It its later stages it may need management through diabetes medication and eventually insulin.
Excessive sugar in the blood can lead to a number of problems, from nerve damage, kidney failure and blindness to even limb amputation. This is why monitoring blood sugar is so important to diagnose and monitor diabetes.
The Diabetes Check measures blood glucose as well as HbA1c (or glycosolated haemoglobin) which is a measure of the amount of sugar in the bloodstream over the previous 8 weeks or so.
This test is for individuals who wish to know whether they are showing the first signs of diabetes (raised blood sugar) or for people who have received a diagnosis of diabetes and who wish to test their blood sugar control.
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 Plus blood sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Diabetes Check Plus 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.
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.
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 Check Plus 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 Plus results.
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.