Diabetes Test Kit
Buy your diabetes home test kit.
Order your test kit, take your sample, and send to our UK-accredited partner laboratory. Results and advice from our doctors will be ready in 2 to 3 days. How to Order
The diabetes home test kit is a convenient way to test yourself for diabetes without having to see a doctor.
We will send you an easy to use finger prick test to carry out at home. You should receive your test kit within 5 to 8 working days of placing your order.
Delivery and postage to the laboratory are free. Your sample will be sent to our partner laboratory in Dublin. You will get your test result within 3 working days of your sample reaching the laboratory.
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
A diabetes home test kit costs €40.
Diabetes Test Kit
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About home diabetes testing
Who should take the Diabetes test?
If you think you may be at risk of diabetes, you may wish to take a blood test to check the current status of your health. If you are worried about diabetes or believe you are already suffering from diabetes symptoms, you may also find it helpful to take the blood test.
How is the test taken?
If you choose to take a diabetes test with ZAVA, we will send you a test kit for you to use at home. Within 5 - 7 working days of placing your order you will receive your easy to use test kit including instructions. You will need to provide a small blood sample. Using the pre-paid envelope included in your order you will then post your sample to our partner laboratory. Your results will be available within 2 -3 working days of your sample reaching the laboratory and we will let you know as soon as your results are in, which will be made available to you in your ZAVA patient account.
How do I use the test kit?
our diabetes test kit contains three lances and a collection tube. Before you take your sample, you should wash your hands with warm soapy water (it is difficult to collect blood if your hands are cold). Dry your hands and use the included alcotip swab to clean the fingertip you would like to use. You should use the third or fourth finger of your non-dominant hand.
Twist and remove the purple stick from one lancet, put it on your fingertip and press the purple button at the end - don’t worry if it doesn’t work straight away, you can use one of the remaining two lances to try again. You should notice a small drop of blood forming on your fingertip, as your skin has been punctured. Use a clean tissue to wipe the first drop away, hold your hand downwards and massage the side of your finger to form another drop of blood. Use your other hand to gently squeeze the finger you are using and catch the drops in the collection tube. You should fill the small tube to the upper line. If you are unable to fill it, please use an additional lancet on another finger to complete the sample.
Once your sample is complete, you can use the supplied plaster to stop the bleeding, put the screw lid on the collection tube, inverting it several times until it is closed securely. Please make sure you put your details on the sticky label and affix it on the tube - the lab will not be able to analyse your sample otherwise. You then need to put your sample tube inside the protective wallet and put the wallet into the the prepaid envelope, along with your used lancets. You can use any UK post box to send your test kit back to the lab.
How does the blood test for diabetes work?
The blood test we use is a HbA1c test. Patients known to be suffering from diabetes are offered at least one HbA1c test per year, as a routine check to determine how well their diabetes is controlled. The test is also recommended for diagnosing diabetes. When your blood sample reaches the laboratory, it will be used to measure your glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c). Your HbA1c level provides valuable information on how high the glucose level in your blood has recently been.
Does the test involve the analysis of glucose levels?
No. As opposed to the glucose level, the HbA1c level provides information on how high your glucose levels have recently been, by determining your average plasma glucose concentration. This value allows to draw a conclusion on your health and whether you have diabetes. Testing for glucose would only provide a snapshot of your glucose level at one particular point in time and is therefore less useful for diagnosing diabetes.
What does “glycated haemoglobin” mean?
When processing sugar, the glucose in your bloodstream attaches to heamoglobin. Haemoglobin is a protein and part of your red blood cells, which transport oxygen through your body. When clinicians speak of “glycated haemoglobin”, they are referring to haemoglobin which has glucose attached to it.
Analysing HbA1c allows your doctor to establish whether your glucose levels have recently been too high, as red blood cells remain in your body for several weeks. Your HbA1c level thus reflects your blood sugar levels of previous weeks. The higher your glucose levels have been, the higher your HbA1c will be.
What happens with my sample once I have posted it?
All of our samples are sent to The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), an accredited laboratory providing diagnostic services. TDL are the biggest provider of medical laboratory services worldwide. They will analyse and process your sample within 2 - 3 days of your test kit reaching the lab, so you will receive your results quickly.
What is an average HbA1c level?
If you are healthy and do not suffer from diabetes, your HbA1c level should lie between 20 - 41mmol/ol. An increased level indicates a risk of diabetes, or, if the level significantly exceeds 41mmol/mol, an existing diabetes. People with diabetes usually aim to keep their HbA1c at a target level of 48mmol /mol.
My HbA1c is high. What do I need to do?
If your test result indicates that you may have diabetes, our doctor will recommend that you see your GP for further tests. It is possible that you will need to adjust your diet and that you require medical treatment to keep your diabetes under control.
My test result does not indicate that I have diabetes. What do I need to do?
If you do not currently suffer from diabetes you should still opt for a healthy lifestyle to prevent future illness. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and avoiding weight gain are highly effective in reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dr Clair Grainger
Dr Clair Grainger studied at The University of Edinburgh from 2004 to 2009. She's worked in hospitals throughout Edinburgh and London before completing her GP training in North Middlesex Hospital in 2017.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 31 Oct 2019