It is thought that 850,000 people in the UK suffer from undiagnosed diabetes, and for this reason it is advisable to take a diabetes test.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious condition whereby the body produces either no insulin, or insufficient insulin to digest the glucose in the body. Glucose is the fuel used for energy by the body, and is produced by digesting carbohydrates. Insulin is produced by the pancreas, and in type 1 diabetes the pancreas fails to produce insulin, meaning that glucose remains undigested in the bloodstream. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces insufficient insulin, or the glucose is resistant to digestion.
When should you take a diabetes test?
Diabetes can lead to serious health problems if left untreated, and it is therefore important to diagnose early. Regular check-ups with a GP will include a diabetes test, however, certain groups are at a higher risk. These include:
- Those who are overweight.
- Those with a close family member with diabetes.
- People who are of Black African, Black Caribbean or South Asian origin.
- Those who have a history of strokes, heart attacks or high blood pressure.
- Overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Women with gestational diabetes or those who have given birth to a baby over 10 lbs.
- Those with severe mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia or depression, who receive medication.
- Those with a history of impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glycaemia.
In addition, the following symptoms can be indicative of diabetes:
- Blurred vision
- Constant thirst
- Hunger, even after eating
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Frequent Urination
Is it possible to make an online diabetes test?
While it is always advisable to visit a GP in the event of any health issues, it is possible to take an online diabetes test to check the likelihood of diabetes developing. This will usually take the form of a questionnaire.
A health check will need to be done to provide testing samples, however there are online lab test sites that will help people to understand the results of a diabetes test.