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Fructosamine is a protein that attaches to glucose in the bloodstream.
If fructosamine levels are elevated, then a person's average glucose level over the previous 2 to 3 weeks has also been elevated.
Fructosamine testing is primarily used as a monitoring tool to help diabetics control their blood sugar, but the HbA1C test is much more popular and more widely accepted.
Fructosamine tests may be useful when:
A person has abnormal levels of red blood cells, or has had transfusions, loss of red blood cells, or haemolytic anaemia is present. Fructosamine testing may also be a more reasonable test for persons with haemochromatosis because of the frequent need to donate blood in order to help control iron levels.
There are rapid changes in diabetes treatment such as going from shot therapy to insulin pump therapy, or from the additional or substantial changes in medication and diet. A fructosamine test can be used to determine how well the new care plan is working after only a few weeks.
For women with diabetes that become pregnant, an HbA1c test can only be administered 2 or 3 times during her pregnancy. Since tight glucose control is essential to both mother and baby, fructosamine testing can be performed at more frequent levels and will show a more accurate picture of the dynamics of blood glucose 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.
We will send you your Fructosamine blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Fructosamine test 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 test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Fructosamine test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Fructosamine test results.
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