This blood test measures the level of insulin in the blood and can help diagnose the cause of low blood sugar as well as diabetes.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas in response to the food that we eat.
One of its main roles is to remove sugar from the blood and store it in the cells for future energy use. Raised insulin levels can be a sign of insulin resistance which occurs when the cells fail to respond to the normal actions of insulin. Insulin resistance often remains undetected but can be a sign of type 2 diabetes.
Insulin is an important metabolic hormone. Made in your pancreas, insulin is produced after you have eaten in order to move the sugar from your blood into your cells for future energy use. If we eat too much sugar and starchy foods, our bodies are flooded with insulin and over time our cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, leaving high levels of sugar and insulin in our bloodstreams.
Raised insulin means that you are becoming insulin resistant which is a pre-diabetic condition.
We will send you your Insulin finger-prick blood and test 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 Insulin test 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.