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How To Get A Fasting/non Fasting Insulin Test In The Uk Without A Gp Referal

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by Intermittent_faster, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Intermittent_faster

    Intermittent_faster Don't have diabetes · Member

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    Hi, I apologize if I am considered to be out of place here as I have never been diagnosed with diabetes or even pre D or insulin resistance. But I do suspect that I have or have had insulin resistance because until I went on keto diet to lose weight I have had high blood pressure (30+yrs) as well as other health issues that point to insulin resistance. I would like to get my insulin levels checked. Needless to say my GP is totally baffled as to why I would want an insulin test because as far as he is concerned I'm a relatively healthy person. I have looked online to see if I can get it done privately but I can't find out how I go about getting blood drawn. Can anyone enlighten me please. This is the only UK forum I have found that seems to have a real community feel and genuinely helpful and intelligent discussions.
     
  2. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Moderator
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    I can't recall if it's Blue Horizon, or MediChecks, but one of them offeres a service where you buy a "voucher" to pay for the blood draw in a list of places.

    I haven't used them myself, but they are available. I think @bulkbiker did it that way, so I have tagged him for comment if he has a moment.
     
  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Expert

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    If you go to Medichecks they offer an Insulin Resistance test which does your fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar for you.
    You will have to pay a bit more to get the blood drawn at a private hospital if your GP won't do it for you. From memory it cost an extra £24 over the cost of the blood sample.

    https://www.medichecks.com/diabetes-tests/insulin-resistance-test is the test

    They can send you a finger pricker so you can do your own sample but looking at the amount they wanted and how much I usually get out from a finger prick I elected to have the blood drawn professionally at a local hospital. However I have just checked their website and can't see the offer of a blood drawer anywhere so it may be worth giving them a call to see if they still offer that service.
    They are pretty responsive.
    Last time I had the insulin test done I timed it for when I was having other blood tests and the phlebotomist was happy to fill the medichecks vial once she had stuck my arm...
     
  4. Intermittent_faster

    Intermittent_faster Don't have diabetes · Member

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    Thanks Guys, yes Medichecks looks good. At the checkout you can pick a blood draw service nearby.
     
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