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Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test

Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test

A simple finger-prick blood test used to help diagnose type 2 diabetes and see how well your body is controlling glucose (sugar).

Is it for you?

Do you read about the prevalence of diabetes and wonder about your own status? Do you have some of the risk factors for diabetes, like being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle? Or are you already taking steps to improve your diabetes risk and want to measure your progress? If you want an easy and affordable test for your risk of diabetes with doctor's advice included, then this is the test for you.
Blood sample 1 biomarker included 2 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Diabetes

Diabetes (1 Biomarker)

Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high. This Glycosylated HB (HbA1c) blood test measures the amount of sugar that is attached to the haemoglobin in red blood cells, with results given as a percentage. Because red blood cells live in the bloodstream for about three months, the HbA1c test shows the average blood sugar for the past few months. Unlike a regular blood sugar test, the HbA1c test is not affected by short-term changes (e.g. a recent sugary snack). 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. If your HbA1c result is high, it could mean that you have pre-diabetes or diabetes.


Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, fatigue, unexpected weight loss and feeling thirsty all the time. Diabetes can lead to further complications including heart and kidney problems.

In its early stages type 2 diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes. It is strongly associated with obesity as well as poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Losing weight through a calorie restricted diet has been shown to bring blood sugar back down to normal levels. An HbA1c diabetes check can help you know whether you need to be acting to improve your risk factors now.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • You have diabetes and wish to monitor your condition
  • You want a general check of your diabetes risk
  • You are experiencing diabetes symptoms and want to investigate further
  • You are taking steps to change your lifestyle and you want to see the impact on your diabetes risk

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

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

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.

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Important

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.