One of our most common public health diseases is diabetes, it is caused by high blood sugar (glucose) in the blood. If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes and want to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, this test is right for you.
The diabetes and blood sugar test provides a picture of your blood sugar levels as it measures your long-term blood sugar (HbA1c), which reflects how your blood sugar has been in recent months, unlike a glucose test that works more like a snapshot. If you want to find out if you are at risk for diabetes, the HbA1c test is the right test for you.
Here's how it works: The test is performed by our staff at the reception and takes place through capillary sampling (stick in the finger) where we take out a couple of blood drops.
Test answer: You normally have an answer within 15 working days after our lab received your test. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test answer, you will receive a detailed report in English about your values.
Diabetes is caused by high blood sugar (glucose) in the blood, the condition is called hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and is caused by reduced insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that is created in the pancreas and its main task is to regulate the level of blood sugar in the blood. When the balance of blood sugar does not work, troublesome symptoms often arise. With our diabetes and blood sugar test, you get a picture of your blood sugar levels that can indicate if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Glucose is the body's most important fuel and provides the body with the energy it needs to function satisfactorily. Insulin is secreted from the pancreas whose primary task is to keep blood sugar/glucose levels in the blood even (in the range of 3.3 to 7.0 mmol/liter).
Diabetes is due to impaired secretion of insulin from the pancreas, to impaired action of insulin, or both. A certain amount of glucose always circulates in your bloodstream. Insulin acts as a key that opens the door to the glucose we ingest through food and drink so that glucose can enter the cells to be converted into the necessary energy that the body needs, while keeping the blood glucose level within the specific range (3.3 to 7.0 mmol/liter). Without insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells and then remains in the bloodstream. As a result, blood sugar levels rise, especially after a meal. This is what is called diabetes. At this stage, the body will tell you that something is wrong through various symptoms.
There are two main types of diabetes, type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes. The effects of untreated condition are similar for both of them; high blood sugar with subsequent diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. However, the underlying causes differ, here is an explanation for type-2 diabetes that this test measures against.
Type-2 diabetes means that the cells in the body have reduced sensitivity to insulin, resulting in the body requiring more and more insulin. When insulin is not enough, blood sugar rises. If blood sugar becomes too high, sugar molecules can stick to proteins in the body. The sugar is glyked. Negative effects of glyphering are vascular damage, kidney damage, etc.
Your blood sugar levels are affected by high sugar and carbohydrate intake as well as the amount of physical activity. By continuously measuring blood sugar, one can prevent the risk of developing insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. Our diabetes and blood sugar test gives you a picture of your blood sugar levels and an indication of whether you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar is counted as high if it is higher than 6.1 mmol/liter after 12 hours of fasting. Fasting blood sugar is affected by, for example, stress (increases the value) and by physical activity (lowers the value). A marker is therefore also used that shows measures of how blood sugar has been over time. This marker is called HbA1c and is a blood protein that shows how sugar-coated the red blood cells (Hb) are. This should show that a maximum of 6.5 percent of blood sugar has been glycated.
A high blood sugar can lead to type-2 diabetes. By continuously measuring your blood sugar, you can reduce your risk of developing insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes are many and often quite diffuse. When blood sugar levels get too high, the body responds by dissenting glucose and calories through the urine. When this occurs, various symptoms occur in the body:
Diabetes is treated through healthy eating and physical activity to keep blood sugar levels even. It is also important to maintain normal body weight and exclude tobacco. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with drugs in the form of tablets that increase insulin sensitivity or insulin release.
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.