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HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test
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The HBA1C Blood Test is a common finger-prick test used to measure blood sugar levels and its variation over time.
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Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c)
Glycated haemoglobin also referred to as HbA1c, is a more accurate long term measure of glucose levels (blood sugar levels) in your blood. Haemoglobin is part of the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your bloodstream. Testing HbA1c measures long term glucose levels, as glucose attaches to your red blood cells, with these cells living for around 14 weeks on average. This is ideal for monitoring diabetes and pre-diabetic susceptibility because it can provide insight over a three month period prior to testing.
Symptoms that could indicate type 2 diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Unexpected weight loss
- Constant thirst
HBA1C Blood Test is also known as the glycated haemoglobin test. The HBA1C blood test can help you and your doctor track your blood sugar levels over time. This can help you identify any problems with controlling your blood sugar and allow for early treatment. The HBA1C blood test is typically done every 6 months to a year.
If you have diabetes, it is important to have your HBA1C blood test done regularly. The results of the test can help you and your doctor determine how well your diabetes is controlled. Having an HBA1C level that is close to normal can help reduce your risk of developing complications from diabetes. Talk to your doctor about what target HBA1C level you should aim for.
Is this test for you?
Testing for diabetes is essential when maintaining a healthy and proactive health care regime. Adults aged over 45 are recommended to proactively test for diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. However, many of our clients also get tested for the following reasons:
When active diabetes, blood testing is beneficial due to the following risk factors:
- If you are over the age of 45
- If you suffer from clinical obesity - meaning a body mass index (a measure of body fat) ≥25 kg/m²
- If you live a sedentary lifestyle
- A family history of heart disease
- Family history of gestational diabetes
- A family history of diabetic predisposition
Experts Opinion on HBA1C Tests
"An HBA1c panel gives you an average picture of your red cell and is a marker used to diagnose and manage diabetes."
How to take a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test Test
Collecting a blood sample for your finger prick home test is straightforward. Watch the video below for more details on how to take a home blood test.
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HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test Information
Specification of HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test
- Test name: HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: Hemoglobin A1c test, Glycated hemoglobin test, A1c test
- Test tube: EDTA (Purple microtainer)
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
A HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test for?
A HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test.
Are HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test be ordered?
A HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test test kit?
The HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
- EDTA (Purple microtainer)
HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
The HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
The HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
The best time to return your HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test?
The HBA1C (Diabetes) Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a EDTA (Purple microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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