Diabetes Blood Test


This test is ideal to determine if you have diabetes, or if you are at high risk of developing diabetes and people who think they might be at high risk of developing diabetes which includes being overweight, large waist size and have low levels of exercise.

Diabetes can be a life-long condition that some people are born with or it can be a chronic health condition that impacts you in adulthood. Diabetes does not have a cure, but it does require careful treatment. If left untreated, diabetes will cause ever more health issues over time.

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Diabetes Blood Test

Diabetes is a lifelong condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level becomes too high.
We use blood glucose as our main source of energy and it comes from the foods we eat and drink.

The hormone insulin which is made in the pancreas helps glucose from the food get into your bloodstream to be used as energy. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or if used incorrectly the glucose stays in your bloodstream and wont reach your cells. This can result in health problems.

There are different types of diabetes the main two being:

Type 1 diabetes: this is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells which produce insulin. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children or young adults but can appear at any age and insulin needs to be taken daily.

Type 2 diabetes: this is where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Type 2 is more common and although may occur in children it is most common in middle aged and older people.

Risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes where possible:

There are certain risk factors which may contribute to developing Type 2 diabetes, some of which are lifestyle and you can change. However, risk factors such as genetics and age you are unable to change.

  • Overweight or obese: If overweight or obese losing weight and maintaing a healthy BMI (body Mass Index)
  • Age: Higher the risk if aged 45 years or above
  • High blood pressure: Keep a check on your blood pressure
  • Inactivity: Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 types a week, such as brisk walking, swimming, jogging, cycling
  • Cholesterol/Triglycerides: Try to keep your cholesterol and triglycerides within range if able to do so with exercise, diet or medication.
Testing for diabetes health

The test can be performed using a small amount of blood from a finger prick which you can do yourself.

How often should I have a diabetes blood test?

We recommend testing your blood for diabetes for a routine check yearly.

Other Questions

  • Family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Obese
  • Tiredness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive need to urinate
  • Genital itching
  • Weight loss

This blood test is to check on:

  • Diabetes

For best results (if medically suitable) it is advisable to fast (water is allowed) 12 hours prior to the test which needs to be taken first thing in the morning and posted on the same day on a Monday, Tuesday,or Wednesday.

Collection method: Finger prick
Results available: 2-3 days after the sample has reached the laboratory.


HbA1c also known as glycated haemoglobin or glycosylated haemoglobin. This test will measure how well your blood sugar level has been controlled over the past 3 months. The results can be indicative of pre or Type 2 diabetes.

How it Works

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1. Order and Receive Your Test

Order your Blood Test.
Receive it directly at home or work.
Delivered by courier with Free shipping.

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2. Take the Easy Finger-prick Blood Test

Activate your test online.
Collect 2-3 drops of blood.

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3. Freepost your Blood sample to our laboratories

Use the pre-paid package to post to our laboratories.
Simply drop it into your nearest high-priority Royal Mail postbox.

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4. Our laboratory team run the tests

Tests are run by our staff in a clean and secure environment.
All possible measures are taken to keep Vampires out.

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5. Receive Your Results within 7 days

We will email you to inform you that your blood test results are ready.
Login to your account to review the results.

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6. Track your levels over time

With regular ongoing tests, you can track your results.
Check if you’re improving healthily or where changes could be made.

What’s In The Test?

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Home to laboratory kit
  • Blood Test
  • A prepaid return envelope (UK & Ireland only)
  • Two single-use lancets
  • One blood collection tube
  • One blood collection tube label
  • One plastic blood collection tube case
  • Two adhesive plasters
  • A cleansing wipe