Tracking how your body is handling sugar over time with HbA1c is one of the most important tests you can do to understand your metabolic health. Are you on a path towards pre-diabetes or diabetes?
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
Depending on your age, sex and any symptoms, you may consider adding to your test panel.
You want to understand how well you body is handling sugar, a key marker of your metabolic health
You want to know if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes
You'd like to understand your risk of getting diabetes in the future
You want to track your sugar-handling over time to proactively monitor your health
Dr Claire Merrifield
GP & PhD
our medical director
The food you eat results in sugar in your blood which fuels your body. But how your body regulates or handles that sugar is a key sign of how healthy your metabolism is. Diet, weight, exercise, sleep, your genes - they all feed into how well your body can handle blood sugar.
HbA1c is a biomarker of how your body has been handling sugar over the last few months. The higher the HbA1c, the worse your body's sugar handling. Once your HbA1c gets to 42mmol/mol you have "pre-diabetes" which puts you at high risk of going on to develop diabetes. If your HbA1c is 48mmol/mol or above then you have full-blown type 2 diabetes.
The great thing about HbA1c is that you can track how it changes over time. Even if your HbA1c is normal today, if you see it creeping up every year, you know that you need to make changes now to stop yourself continuing on the path to diabetes. Even in the 'normal range', the lower your HbA1c, the better.
Guidelines recommend checking your HbA1c at least every 3 years if:
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.
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 time 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).
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