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Diabetes Profile- Fingerprick Blood Test

 This home self-testing fingerprick blood test checks your levels of HbA1c. This biomarker is used to confirm whether you have (or are at risk of developing) diabetes.

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  • Diabetes (1 Biomarkers)

    Checking your levels of HbA1c is how to confirm if you have (or are at risk of developing) diabetes. Unmanaged or undiagnosed diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality. For anyone who already knows they have diabetes, regular HbA1c checks are essential to monitor progress.

    HbA1c (Glycosylated Haemoglobin)

    Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is used to measure the average level of blood sugar over the past two to three months and is commonly used to diagnose and monitor diabetes. The sugar is called glucose which builds up in the blood and binds to the haemoglobins in the red blood cells. HbA1c test will then measure how much glucose is bound and is used during the diagnoses of diabetes.

    Warnings:  

    Please note blood tests alone are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, particularly if you have any symptoms. Test results are not a clinical diagnosis and are for information purposes only.  

    Who should the test not be used on?

    HbA1C levels should not be used to diagnose diabetes in the following groups: • Children and young people less than 18 years of age. • Pregnant women or women who are 2 months postpartum. • People with symptoms of diabetes for less than 2 months. • People at high diabetes risk who are acutely ill. • People taking medication that may cause hyperglycaemia (for example long-term corticosteroid treatment). • People with acute pancreatic damage. • People with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). • People with HIV infection. • People with chronic haemolytic anaemia.

      

  • Directions: 

    Your test kit contains easy-to-follow instructions on how to take your own finger blood sample, together with an instructions leaflet, and a test request form.  

    It is important that you read and follow the instructions in the instructions leaflet carefully and take care when taking any sample. We shall not be responsible for any injury caused by any failure to follow the instructions correctly.

    The home-testing kits use a simple finger-prick blood sample you can take yourself in the comfort of your own home. Please use the enclosed lancets and tube to collect the blood sample. 

    Once the blood sample is taken,  complete the enclosed forms and label the blood test, returning it to the laboratory using the bag included with the kit.

    You will receive your test kit within 2-3 working days of ordering it and your results will be emailed to you within 5 working days of your sample being received by the laboratory. The test is valid for 3 (three) months from the date the testing kit is sent out and the blood sample when done must be sent to the laboratory within this period, following the test kit instructions.

     

     

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