Diabetes diagnosis & monitoring: Which tests?
Randox Reagents are supporting World Health Day on April 7th 2016 this year!
The focus of this year’s World Health Day is on the fight against diabetes. It is essential to increase the awareness of this as a growing epidemic, let people know that diabetes is preventable and to help manage the effects of the illness in those already living with it.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs whenever the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational.
Type 1 – People with this form of diabetes are unable to produce their own insulin and therefore must inject themselves with insulin.
Type 2 – This is the most common form of diabetes which occurs whenever a person can produce their own insulin but must put measures in place to control it. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of diabetes cases worldwide.
Gestational – This form of diabetes affects women during pregnancy, when they develop high levels of glucose which insulin cannot bring under control.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that in 2008, 347 million people had diabetes worldwide and in 2012, diabetes was the direct cause 1.5 million deaths.
Randox offer a range of high quality diabetes related diagnostic tests
It is crucial to raise awareness of diabetes to encourage people to get tested early, enabling them to put measures in place to avoid developing the illness, as well as ensuring complications do not occur. Randox are continuously developing the best quality diabetes-related diagnostic tests.
For diagnosis and monitoring
We offer tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. These are Glucose, HbA1c and Fructosamine.
Diabetes can cause a number of complications such as chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and even blindness. We offer a number of high quality tests which aid in monitoring these complications such as Albumin, Beta-2 Microglobulin, Cystatin C, D-3-Hydroxybutyrate, Microalbumin and Non-Esterified Fatty Acids (NEFA).
A related biomarker is Adiponectin, which can measure a patient’s visceral fat levels, the fat around the waist surrounding the internal organs. This can indicate heart disease risk, as well as insulin resistance.
With this broad diabetes testing panel, we will continue to support the aim to beat diabetes with World Health Day.
For more information on our diabetes tests view our diabetes page.