Diabetes Diagnosis and Monitoring Test


A high HbAC1 is used to diagnose diabetes. It is particularly useful because it indicates how often you have had abnormally high blood glucose levels over the previous three months – rather than a glucose test which only shows your level at a single point in time. It is a potentially life-saving test, and it is quite common for people to have diabetes and not know about it. Unmanaged or undiagnosed diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality.

NB. It is important to note that our tests are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, particularly if you have symptoms. You should not make a diagnosis or start any treatment without a consultation with a doctor or a suitably trained health professional.

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Who is this test for?

HbA1C levels should not be used by individuals 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.

How is the test carried out?

This home test kit requires requires a finger prick blood sample to be provided. Sample collection and return instructions are provided within the kit.

Turn around time

2 Working days from receipt of sample at testing laboratory

When shall I take the test?

Some tests require fasting beforehand. There are no pre-test actions required for this test. Simply take the test in accordance with the enclosed instructions.