Diabetes: Diagnosis & Monitoring

Check your risk and status

Dears Pharmacy are working in partnership with London Medical Laboratory to deliver this test.

Price per in pharmacy test provided during booking prior to confirmation.



This home test checks your levels of HbA1c. This biomarker is used to confirm whether you have (or are at risk of developing) diabetes.


How does this test work?

There is no better way to check for underlying health problems, or monitor existing conditions, than with a blood test.

Whether you are concerned about your health, managing an existing condition or simply curious, a blood test provides a fast, affordable and easy way to start taking charge of your own health.

We offer in-store testing to make the process as simple, stress free and convenient as possible.

You will receive your results in around 5 to 7 days.

*It is important to note that blood tests alone are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, particularly if you have any symptoms. You should not make a diagnosis or start any treatment without a consultation with a doctor or suitably trained healthcare professional.


What do you test?

Diabetes (1 Biomarkers)

Checking your levels of HbA1c is how to confirm if you have (or are at risk of developing) diabetes. Unmanaged or undiagnosed diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality. For anyone who already knows they have diabetes, regular HbA1c checks are essential to monitor progress.

Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is used to measure the average level of blood sugar over the past two to three months and is commonly used to diagnose and monitor diabetes. The sugar is called glucose which builds up in the blood and binds to the haemoglobins in the red blood cells. HbA1c test will then measure how much glucose is bound and is used during the diagnoses of diabetes.


What is a normal level?

A HbA1C level greater than 48mmol/mol carries a diagnosis of diabetes. A result between 42-47mmol/mol is considered high risk for diabetes.

Do I need to fast for this test?

No fasting is required.

What should the test not be used on?

HbA1C levels should not be used to diagnose diabetes in the following groups: • Children and young people less than 18 years of age. • Pregnant women or women who are 2 months postpartum. • People with symptoms of diabetes for less than 2 months. • People at high diabetes risk who are acutely ill. • People taking medication that may cause hyperglycaemia (for example long-term corticosteroid treatment). • People with acute pancreatic damage. • People with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). • People with HIV infection. • People with chronic haemolytic anaemia.

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