Glucose / Diabetes Testing
According to Diabetes UK, type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes as it was mostly seen in adults aged over 40. However, in recent years, cases of type 2 diabetes have become more common in people under the age of 40.
Pre-diabetes occurs when glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Those with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But if it’s identified early enough, they can usually prevent diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes. Your check for diabetes involves a simple blood test to measure the amount of glucose in your blood stream. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).
Around 3.5 million people in the UK have diabetes. And it’s likely another half a million people have the condition but are not aware. Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because early symptoms tend to be more general, like feeling tired or needing to urinate more often than usual. The NHS state that diabetes vastly increases your risk of developing other illnesses including kidney disease, heart disease, eye damage and stroke. In fact, diabetics are up to 5 times more likely to suffer heart disease or stroke, and are also at an increased risk of limb amputation. The good news is that if it’s picked up early enough, diabetes can usually be treated through diet and lifestyle changes.
You’ll also receive other relevant readings including cholesterol, protein and uric acid to help put your result into the proper context.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.