Diabetes HbA1c Blood Test

This at home test kit measures your HbA1c level, which is a measurement of your blood glucose level over the previous 2-3 months. An elevated blood glucose level increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and this test identifies your level of risk. The test can also be used by those with type 2 diabetes to monitor their blood glucose control.

Collection method:

Finger-prick sample

Number of biomarkers tested: 1


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More about this test

HbA1c, also known as glycated haemoglobin or haemoglobin A1c, is a measurement of your blood glucose level. HbA1c is formed by some of the glucose circulating in the blood sticking to the haemoglobin in red blood cells. The more glucose in the blood, the higher the HbA1c level will be. Blood glucose does fluctuate throughout the day and can vary from day-to-day, but the HbA1c test result gives average levels over the previous 2-3 months, allowing for an accurate picture blood glucose.


Type 2 diabetes doesn’t just happen overnight, blood glucose levels rise and increase steadily over a long period of time as a result of insulin resistance. During this time an individual may or may not exhibit symptoms, however what is certain is that blood glucose levels will be elevated above the normal level, which can be identified through an HbA1c test. Possible symptoms of diabetes include tiredness, lethargy, blurred vision, wounds, cuts or sores, which take a long time to heal, itching skin or yeast infections, excessive thirst, dry mouth, frequent urination and leg pain.

• Blood collection device using finger-prick method
• Tracked 24 return mailing bag
• A doctor validated report
• 2 working days turnaround from sample receipt at lab

Order by 3pm weekdays and your test will be the dispatched the same day (excluding bank holidays). Royal Mail tracked 24 shipping is provided free of charge. You will be emailed your tracking number.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease which is becoming increasingly common across all ages. Up to one third of adults in the UK have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes.

HbA1C testing is not suitable for everyone.

We do not recommend HbA1c testing if any of the following apply to you:
• You have anaemia
• You have had your spleen removed
• You are pregnant or breastfeeding
• You have a blood borne disorder

Your results will show your HbA1c level and whether you at low, moderate or high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The result will also show whether your level is at a possible diabetic level.

How it works

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Take control of your health from our range of home-to-lab tests and we’ll send the kit straight to your door.

Post your sample

Simply collect your sample at home and return it to our network of fully accredited labs for expert analysis.

Get your results

Your results will be delivered via our secure online health hub within days.

Your results

Once your sample has been analysed by our laboratory experts, your results will be collated into a clear, easy to understand report.

We always recommend sharing your report with your doctor or healthcare provider as supplementary information to your overall healthcare. Our tests are not intended as a substitution for professional medical advice and you should speak to your doctor if you are seriously worried in any way about your symptoms.

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