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Islet Cell Antibodies Blood Test
Islet Cell Antibodies Blood Test
Islet Cell Antibodies Blood Test
Islet Cell Antibodies Blood Test

Islet Cell Antibodies Blood Test

After a diagnosis of diabetes, this blood test is useful to help distinguish autoimmune type 1 diabetes from type 2 diabetes.
Blood sample 1 biomarker included 4 working days turnaround

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Autoimmunity

Autoimmunity (1 Biomarker)

Islet autoantibodies are proteins produced by the immune system that are associated with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition caused by a lack of insulin due to autoimmune processes that destroy the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Islet autoantibodies can be detected in the blood prior to a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, are usually present at the time of diagnosis and decrease in frequency over 5 to 10 years following a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Although islet autoantibodies are markers of an autoimmune response to the islet cells, islet autoantibodies do not cause type 1 diabetes. 

Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes but has been re-characterized to reflect absolute insulin deficiency. When autoimmune type 1 diabetes is present, one or more of the islet autoantibodies will be present in about 95% of those affected at the time of initial diagnosis. With type 2 diabetes, the autoantibodies are typically absent.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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, 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

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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.