A blood test to establish your levels of glucose with a view to diagnosing diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn't process glucose (sugar) effectively enough, resulting in high glucose levels. This is due to reduced production of insulin by the pancreas. If untreated, this deficiency of insulin can eventually lead to a coma.
This fast and simple blood test measures the glucose in your blood and can therefore give an accurate diagnosis of diabetes, whether that's Type 1 or Type 2. A diagnosis will then mean a change to dietary habits, diabetes medication or extra insulin in order to lower the blood sugar level.
This blood test is for anyone wanting to check the level of glucose (sugar) in their blood.
Diabetic symptoms can include blurred vision, cuts that take a while to heal, excessive thirst, tiredness, numbness in hands or feet, cramps, thrush and 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.
We will send you your Diabetes Mini Check 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 collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.
Your Diabetes Mini Check 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.