Did you know that over 4 million people in the UK are currently living with diabetes? According to Diabetes UK, this translates to 6% of the UK population.
There is no common cause of diabetes as it can vary depending on the individual and the type of diabetes.
The causes of Type 1 diabetes can vary considerably and can be triggered by a person’s genes or environmental factors. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when a person’s immune system, the body’s system for fighting infection, attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.
There are a variety of risk factors for type 2 diabetes, any or all of which increase the chances of developing the condition. These include genetics, obesity, living a sedentary lifestyle, increasing age and bad diets.
How can I test my clients for diabetes?
The Lorisian Diabetes Test* can identify if your client is at risk of diabetes. A simple finger prick blood test, it can identify if your client needs to visit their GP for further support and make suitable lifestyle changes.
Once they have taken the test and their blood sample is analysed, you will receive a colour coded score. Depending on where the results sit within our recommended range, you will receive advice on what to do next and how to best advise your client.
The blood sample will be tested for glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c). Haemoglobin molecules contain iron and carry oxygen around the body, delivering it to all cells in the body. HbA1c is haemoglobin with ‘sugar’ molecules attached to it. The more sugar in the bloodstream, the more it attaches to the haemoglobin.
By encouraging your client to make necessary lifestyle changes, the client can go a long way towards decreasing their chance of developing diabetes.
What lifestyle changes can be made?
- Reduce sugar intake
- Drink less alcohol
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise regularly
- Manage stress levels
Do you have a question about our diabetes test? Are you interested in offering the test to your clients?
To find out more about Lorisian and our testing, please contact our friendly team online or call 01904 428 550.
*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 your client feels unwell or suspects that they have a medical problem, promptly contact a GP.