Why Taking a Diabetes Test is Important

Those of us who are most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may display no symptoms whatsoever. The YorkTest Diabetes Test can therefore offer a much needed wake up call to those with the highest chance of becoming diabetic.

Discovering your current risk level could act as the catalyst for some positive lifestyle changes and steer you away from a future diagnosis of the dreaded “D” word.

Why find out your risk level with a diabetes test?

People develop type 2 diabetes when their bodies build a resistance to the hormone insulin, which helps the body to take glucose from the blood to be stored in their cells. This then leads to abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood.

There are a number of causes of the disease, most notably a diet high in things like sugar and saturated fat, sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy waistline. Those with diabetes could subsequently suffer from the following:

  • Kidney disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Eye disease
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Amputation
  • Complications in pregnancy
  • Dementia
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Reduced life expectancy

Because diabetes is such a serious condition, home diabetes tests such as the one offered by YorkTest, have been developed to highlight your current risk of developing the disease.

How to test for diabetes?

Simply order your YorkTest Diabetes Test online. Within a few days, you will receive your blood kit, which contains everything you need to carry out a simple finger-prick test in the comfort of your own home.

After you have posted off your sample in the envelope provided, our expert laboratory will then measure the levels of HbA1c in your blood to assess your current risk level of developing diabetes.

Why measure HbA1c?

Well, haemoglobin is a molecule, which is a component of your red blood cells. It carries oxygen around the body, delivering it to cells. Formed in the bone marrow, each molecule is known to live for around three months.

Glucose molecules in the blood stick to haemoglobin molecules to form HbA1c. Therefore the more HbA1c molecules there are, the more glucose there is in the blood.

The amount of HbA1c found in the blood closely reflects the average level of glucose that has been circulating in the blood for the previous three months.

By monitoring your levels of HbA1c, our team can therefore tell you how at risk you are of developing diabetes and related conditions.

What to do with the results of your Diabetes Blood Test?

After you have sent your Diabetes Test sample back to the laboratory and testing has been completed, our team will send you a comprehensive results pack.

This will not only contain a copy of your test results but also an in-depth guidebook, which will explain how to make changes to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and information about any follow-up required.

YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this blog post.

Diabetes Test (HbA1c) results are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use Diabetes Test results for diagnosing or treating medical or health condition. If you feel unwell or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your GP.

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