Lorisian Diabetes Test
The Lorisian Diabetes Test is a quick and easy home-to-lab finger-prick blood test which measure levels of glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in your blood. HbA1c measures your average blood glucose (sugar) levels over the past three months. As a result, this test is a useful indicator and allows for early detection of risk for diabetes.
Along with the measurement of HbA1c in your blood, you will also receive guidance on how to bring your level down to decrease your risk of developing diabetes and how you can make small steps to improve your health and wellbeing.
- Our clinically proven test is carried out by our expert laboratory, who will assess your client’s levels of glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in your blood with a simple home-to-laboratory blood test
- Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. Around three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by simply maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active
*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.
Please note: this test is only available in the England, Scotland and Wales
More information on the Lorisian Diabetes Test
Why find out your client’s HbA1c level?
Much of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes glucose to build up in your blood. Haemoglobin (Hb) molecules, a component of the red cells in blood, contain iron and carry oxygen around the body, delivering it to cells. Red blood cells, including haemoglobin are made in the bone marrow and live for around 3 months. During its life, glucose molecules one by one "stick" to the haemoglobin molecules. The more glucose that's in the bloodstream, the more sticks to the haemoglobin. Research has shown that the amount of HbA1c found in the blood closely reflects the average level of glucose that has been circulating in the blood over the last 3 months. Monitoring HbA1c therefore allows for early detection of risk for diabetes, and associated conditions.
Why is this an important health test?
A number of factors can cause high blood glucose levels which subsequently leads to high HbA1c levels. Over a period of time, high glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet and your kidneys. These are known as the complications of diabetes. Having diabetes increases your risk of the following: o Cardiovascular disease o Kidney Disease o Eye Disease o Amputations o Depression o Neuropathy (damage to the nerves) o Sexual dysfunction o Complications in pregnancy o Dementia o Reduced life expectancy and increased mortality
Who is the test suitable for?
Lorisian’s Diabetes test is suitable for a wide range of people, including: • Those who are overweight and are concerned about developing diabetes (Please note: not all people with diabetes are overweight but statistics show that 80-85 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. The more overweight and the more inactive you are, the greater your risk.) • People of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent. • Women with waist measurement greater than 31.5in (80cm) have an increased risk of diabetes • Men: White or Black men and waist is 37in (94cm) or more have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For Asian man the figure is 35in (90cm) or more • Those with a family history of diabetes. The closer the relative is, the greater the risk • Those who are suffering the following symptoms: o Tiredness o Lethargy o Blurred vision o Cuts or sores that take a long time to heal o Itching skin or yeast infections o Excessive thirst, dry mouth o Frequent urination o Leg pain