At-Home Diabetes Testing & Care
Diabetes can be triggered by a range of factors, such as weight, inactivity, family history and high blood pressure to name a few. 6% of the UK population are currently living with diabetes. The long-term effects of diabetes can include damage to a person's eyes, kidneys and nerves, as well as damaging blood vessels which could increase the chance of a heart attack.
Fortunately, when detected early the symptoms and effects of diabetes can be managed and reduced with the right medical help. Frequent testing is important in diagnosing diabetes during the early stages, or catching it in the pre-diabetic phase. Testing is simple, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that impacts the way in which your body converts food into energy. The food we eat is largely broken down into sugar (glucose), and released into your bloodstream. Insulin is the ‘key’ that allows glucose into your blood cells to be used as energy.
Diabetes causes a lack of, or the efficiency of insulin levels. This means glucose stays in the bloodstream, resulting in health issues like heart and kidney disease.
Why might I need a diabetes profile or test?
We recommend that all adults are regularly checked for diabetes, regardless of general health. This said, those who’re overweight or inactive are much more likely to get the illness. If you’re experiencing symptoms like blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, fatigue or extreme hunger you should book in a test immediately.
If you have a family history of diabetes, we would recommend having regular tests as that can increase your chances of having diabetes in your lifetime.
What is a Diabetic Profile 1?This profile is made up of 2 key testing methods: Glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) and a simple glucose test. If a blood glucose reading is like a snapshot, indicating the glucose level at the time of the test, a HbA1c result is like a long-exposure photograph, giving an estimate of the average blood glucose level over the past two to three months.Book The Profile 1 Test
What is a Diabetic Profile 2?Much like the Diabetic Profile 1, this 2nd profile includes both a venous glucose test and a Glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) check. In addition to these, there’s also a Microalbumin test. This is a urine test that checks albumin and creatinine levels, and depending on the ratio can indicate whether or not the patient is diabetic.Book The Profile 2 Test
What is a glucose capillary / venous test?These tests are carried out through a simple finger-prick and can be done from the comfort of your own home. They’re used to determine if your blood glucose level is within a healthy range; if you have symptoms suggesting diabetes, hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, or if you are pregnant. If you have diabetes, you may be required to monitor glucose levels several times a day.Book The Glucose Test
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Step 1: Book a home visitBook an appointment via our website or email/call our team. A visit fee will apply depending on your location and appointment time.Check Available Appointments
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