Glycosylated Haemoglobin Test

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Glycosylated Haemoglobin Test

What is Glycosylated Haemoglobin?

Haemoglobin is the protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body, while glucose is a type of sugar. Glycosylated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) is a combination of glucose, that is not used for energy production, with the haemoglobin in red blood cells in a process known as glycosylation. The more glucose there is in the blood stream, the higher the level of HbA1c and the greater the risk of physical damage and therefore health problems. Elevated levels indicate higher rates of blood sugar, which may in turn indicate diabetes or poorly controlled diabetes if a diagnosis has already been made. Symptoms associated with diabetes include frequent urination or urine infections, an increase in thirst or hunger, and unexplained weight loss.

As red blood cells have a four-month lifespan, the Better2Know Your Body HbA1c home test gives an idea of the average blood sugar over this time period rather than in response to short term changes. In this way, people with diabetes can periodically check how well they are controlling their blood sugar.

Why should I consider a glycosylated haemoglobin test?

If you are worried about unexplained symptoms or have already been diagnosed with diabetes types 1 or 2 and are following a diet, exercise or drug programme to control this, a Better2Know Your Body HbA1c home test will let you know how you are doing.

What is the Better2Know Your Body home testing process?

Your HbA1c home test will use a single blood sample for swift, efficient analysis. The Better2Know Your Body home testing kit includes a pathology form, a free-to-use envelope, a purple-topped collection tube, three finger prick lancets and ski wipes. Our expert team of advisors will provide you with a set of sample collection instructions. Once you have taken your sample, you can send it directly to Better2Know Your Body’s fully certified, UK laboratory.

When will my home testing kit arrive?

Your home testing kit will be sent via first class post once we have processed your order. If you purchase your Glycosylated Haemoglobin home test before 4pm, Monday to Friday, Better2Know Your Body will dispatch your kit on the very same day.

How will I receive my test results?

Your confidential results will be available within one working day after our CPA accredited laboratory receives your blood sample. You can view them at any time using Better2Know Your Body’s secure, online patient area. Our trained Patient Services team will also contact you personally once all your results are ready to report, unless you specify otherwise.

What should I do with my results?

If your Glycosylated Haemoglobin results come back as outside normal range Better2Know Your Body can arrange a consultation with one of our many skilled doctors across the UK. Your private doctor will explain your result in more detail and suggest treatment or management options moving forward.

How can I order my home test?

To order your Glycosylated Haemoglobin home test today, call Better2Know Your Body’s dedicated advisors on the number above. They will answer your additional queries and process your order. Alternatively, you can purchase your home testing kit now by selecting the blue, ‘Add to Basket’ button on this page and proceeding to the checkout.

How it works

How It Works:

Buying your home test kits online is simple:

  • 1 Buy your test online.
  • 2 Receive it in the post.
  • 3 Provide a sample.
  • 4 Free return postage to the lab.
  • 5 Check your results securely online.

We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will you send my kit to me?

If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.

Q: Why do you need my email address?

Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.

Q: Do I need to use my real name?

No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.

Q: What if I do not want to pay by card?

Our payment reference on your card will show up as "health screen" so it will not link your purchase to Better2Know. If you do not want to pay by card then we can also accept PayPal and cash. Please call our Patient Services Team to arrange payment.

Q: What does the kit packaging look like?

It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.

Q: What if I have any more questions?

You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.