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Insulin Resistance Blood Test

Insulin Resistance Blood Test


This blood test measures how your body processes insulin and whether you are becoming insulin resistant which is a sign of type 2 diabetes.
Blood sample 4 biomarkers included Results estimated in 2 working days from sample receipt at lab
Insulin Resistance Blood Test
Insulin Resistance Blood Test
Insulin Resistance Blood Test
Insulin Resistance Blood Test

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Diabetes

Diabetes (4 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Insulin Resistance 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. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.

From the expert

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin is a hormone made in the beta cells of the pancreas. It helps the glucose which is in your blood enter your cells to be used as energy. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body's cells become resistant to insulin, leaving high amounts of glucose circulating in the blood where it can damage your organs and raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.

This test will tell you whether your body is starting to have difficulties in processing glucose and may give you an early indication that you are at risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes. Learning about insulin resistance is the first step toward making lifestyle changes that can help prevent diabetes and other health problems.

People who are overweight and obese, have high belly fat, and are generally inactive are at increased risk of developing insulin resistance.

High temperatures can affect the stability and quality of an insulin sample. This means that an insulin sample must be taken at the laboratory which analyses the sample and cannot be taken as a home test.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • You have some of the risk factors for diabetes and you want to check your status
  • You know your lifestyle could be healthier and you want to check your risk for diabetes
  • You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • You have previously had a borderline diabetes test

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

Get trusted advice and comments from one of our doctors based on your results.

Your personal health centre

Your personal health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, 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

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.


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.