If you have ever wondered if you might be at risk for Type II Diabetes, it is extremely important to have your glucose levels tested. By measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), you are able to get an overall picture of what your average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months. HbA1c stands for Hemoglobin A1c; this is a protein that is found on the surface of red blood cells. For people with diabetes this is vital because the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. Today we’re announcing the launch of a new at-home HbA1c Health Test that that will show your average blood glucose levels (blood sugar) over the last 3 months.
Red blood cells have a lifespan of about 3 months, but are constantly forming within the body. Glucose attaches itself to hemoglobin, which is the protein found in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. The HbA1c test measures this glucose to give you an overall look at your blood sugar levels over a 3 month period.
"So, why not just test your blood sugar levels?" Blood sugar levels can vary significantly throughout the day based on many factors, including a recent meal or physical activity, so a better representation of average blood sugar is HbA1c, which measures sugar deposits on blood cells over the last 3 months--the time it takes for blood cells to regenerate.
Those who think they may be at risk at having Type II Diabetes may have experienced the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Feeling more thirsty than usual
- Urinating more often than normal
- Fatigue and Hunger
- Itchiness of the skin
- Slow wound healing
- Dryness within the mouth
- Numbness or pain in the body's lower extremities
- Unexplained or sudden weight loss
The test is incredibly simple to do, and only requires a few drops of blood via a pin prick blood spot sample collected at home, and there is no need for any preparation or changes to your diet since the foods you’ve eaten recently will have no effect on the test results. Here’s how the collection process works:
- Order your HbA1c Health test kit here.
- Test in the privacy of your own home and return your blood sample to our lab for test completion.
- View your results in a matter of days through an easy-to-understand report on our secure online platform.
EverlyWell is about access for individuals to health data to change lives -- and today we are proud to expand our suite of direct-to-consumer, regulatory-compliant tests to include HbA1c testing for only $59 (or $44 when you sign up for the subscription plan)…without a lab visit!