This blood test measures glucose as well as HbA1c which is an indicator of blood sugar levels over several weeks prior to testing.
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 individulas 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.
Often there are no early signs of raised blood sugar which is why it is so important to test blood sugar levels. Symptoms of diabetes include thirst, the need to urinate frequently, excessive tiredness and unexplained weight loss.
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.
Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is also known as glycosolated 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 gives us 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 contolled in someone with diabetes.
We will send you your Diabetes Check Plus finger-prick blood and sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and 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..
Your Diabetes Check Plus includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and 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 and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.