About Insulin antibodies (igg)
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to stimulate the absorption of carbohydrates such as glucose from the blood, producing energy and building material for cells. Diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar, which would normally be regulated by insulin. Insulin production and your body’s ability to use it is reduced in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, respectively. Glucose is the main sugar circulating in the blood which is broken down from the food you eat.
Type 2 diabetes is a result of the body becoming resistant to insulin, elevating blood sugar levels. If this resistance is not too severe, the pancreas can counteract it by producing more insulin. If this is the case then it is known as a ‘prediabetic’ state, where further development of insulin resistance could result in type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetic individuals may be able to prevent the development of diabetes by changing their diet and lifestyle. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst/hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, sweet-smelling breath, tingling of the extremities, weight changes and nausea.
Why take the test?
This test checks for the presence of anti-insulin IgG antibodies in the blood. These antibodies are a cause of insulin resistance as the body mistakenly targets and destroys insulin. The test is typically used to diagnose unusual immune responses to insulin, either produced by the pancreas or injected in type 1 diabetics.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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