Tracking your sugar handling and cholesterol levels tells you how healthy your metabolism is and allows you to make changes before health problems happen.
Choose how you'd lke to collect your blood sample and post it to our lab. Your sample will be analysed by our UKAS-accredited lab partner (who also test for the NHS) and you'll get your results and doctor's report in days.
Finger-prick blood collection
Use our simple kit to collect a blood sample from your finger at home.
Visit a clinic to have your blood taken
Arrange for a venous blood draw yourself
You've not checked your sugar handling or cholesterol recently.
You want to track and understand your metabolic health.
You want to understand your risk of heart disease.
You want quick results and a doctor's report with recommendations.
Dr Claire Merrifield
GP & PhD
our medical director
Your cholesterol levels and how your body handles blood sugar are the two most important tests of your metabolism. Cholesterol and sugar handling are influenced by your diet, weight, exercise, sleep, stress, your genes and more. They give you a great "holistic" window into how your body is doing.
High cholesterol and poor sugar handling are major risk factors for heart disease, stroke and dementia.
A one-off test will tell you if you have high cholesterol levels and how well your body has been handling sugar over the last few months which can indicate if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes. The real benefit of testing your cholesterol and sugar handling comes when you test every year or so. Then you can track your levels over time. Even if your levels are normal today, if they're creeping up little-by-little over time it's a sign that your body is struggling. You'll know that you need to take action before your health is affected.
Guidelines recommend checking your cholesterol and sugar handling regularly, particularly if you're over 45 or are at risk of heart disease because you're overweight, not physically active or have close family with type 2 diabetes.
Tracking your sugar handling over time gives you a window into your metabolic health. If it's on the wrong path, you can make changes before you get to pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Your lipid profile - the levels of triglycerides and cholesterols in your blood - is an important risk factor for developing heart disease, stroke and dementia.
Collect your sample at home or visit a clinic.
Use the included envelope to post your sample back to our UKAS-accredited lab (The Doctors Laboratory) for analysis.
We'll deliver your results to your dashboard. Every result is explained so you're in control.
You can also track your results over time.
Our experts will give you a report so you'll know what your results mean.
We'll highlight how you can use your results to understand symptoms, pick up health problems early and take action.
Please get in touch if you have any other questions about our tests.
This test panel measures the levels of the biomarker HbA1c. HbA1c is a normal type of haemoglobin (the molecule that carries oxygen around the body) that we all have. Levels of HbA1c are directly related to how our body has been handling sugar over the last few months. Levels of HbA1c can indicate pre- / early diabetes or diabetes but you can also track HbA1c levels over to get an understanding of your metabolic health.
We do not recommend using this test panel if you:
If you're unsure if you should use this test panel, please contact us for advice.
Your results will be reviewed by one of our doctors. They will write a report explaining what your results mean for you. They will also tell you if there are any specific actions you should take, like seeing a healthcare professional, considering further tests or making changes to your lifestyle.
Our laboratory testing is performed by The Doctors Laboratory. TDL are the largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests in the UK and are used by both by the NHS and private hospitals.
TDL is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to the international standard for medical laboratory quality and competence (ISO 15189).
For orders placed before 2pm on Monday to Friday, we'll despatch your test kit same-day. We don't process orders on weekends or public holidays.
We use Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail will contact you by email with your tracking details when they receive your order.
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