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Advanced Diabetes Blood Test

Advanced Diabetes Blood Test


A blood test which measures your glucose levels as well as HbA1c to look at your blood sugar levels over the previous 10 - 12 weeks prior to assess your sugar control.
Blood sample 2 biomarkers included Results estimated in 3 working days from sample receipt at lab
Advanced Diabetes Blood Test
Advanced Diabetes Blood Test
Advanced Diabetes Blood Test
Advanced Diabetes Blood Test

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Diabetes

Diabetes (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Advanced Diabetes Blood Test by following these instructions. Do not eat for 12 hours prior to your test. Drink plenty of water, if you take medication then you are allowed to take it as you would normally.

From the expert

Sugar that is not used for energy is left in the blood, where it attaches itself to haemoglobin - the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen. The more glucose there is in the bloodstream, the more glucose builds up in the cells. This binding of sugar to molecules in cells is one way diabetes causes physical damage and health problems. Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, fatigue, unexpected weight loss and extreme thirst.

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, by cutting down on sugar and losing weight. It its later stages it may need management through diabetes medication and insulin.

The Advanced Diabetes Blood Test measures blood glucose as well as HbA1c (or glycosolated haemoglobin), a measure of the amount of sugar in the bloodstream over the previous 8 weeks or so. Unlike a regular blood sugar test, the HbA1c test is not affected by short-term changes. So even though you may have had high blood sugar on occasion, a good HbA1c result can show that, overall, you are doing a good job of controlling your blood sugar levels. An elevated result will signify pre-diabetes or even diabetes itself.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • You are worried your lifestyle is putting you at an increased risk of developing diabetes
  • You have received a diabetes diagnosis wish to monitor you blood sugar control
  • You want to check how your healthy lifestyle choices are improving your blood sugar levels

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our UKAS accredited partner laboratories.

Dr Sam Rodgers - Chief Medical Officer

Expert advice with your results

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Your personal health centre

Your personal health centre

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Questions? Let us help
Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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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.