A highly trained nurse at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital can take a sample of blood for a diabetes test. Once the blood sample has been analysed at a Spire Healthcare laboratory a consultant specialist in diabetes management can review your results and discuss possible treatment and management options. Dr Masud Haq is the consultant specialist that treats and manages diabetes patients at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Fordcombe, Kent. Dr Haq comments:
“Approximately 750,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed diabetes. This is likely to rise with the explosion of obesity. Better screening of high risk groups should help to detect these patients at a much earlier stage thereby enabling improved management and a reduction in complications in the future for such individuals.”
Diabetes is an increasingly common disorder which results in the level of sugar in the blood being too high. This usually occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. Diabetes can be easily diagnosed through a blood test to measure the level of sugar in the blood.
There are two main types of diabetes – type I and type II – type II is the most common and is usually treated through diet, exercise and drug treatment. Type I diabetes more commonly occurs in young people and always requires treatment of insulin injections.
Blood testing is also used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment with drugs or insulin. Common tests include blood glucose and the HbA1C test. A small sample of blood is taken and tested in our laboratories.