Heritage Labs launches home diabetes test kit
13 August 2008
US laboratory services company Heritage Labs has introduced a home
testing kit for diabetics. The Appraise Home A1c Kit is a new at-home
consumer product that measures the average blood glucose level of
diabetics and potential diabetics.
The kit provides consumers with an inexpensive and easy-to-use blood
test that the company says produces accurate and reliable test results
equivalent to whole-blood tests collected in doctors' surgeries. It is
designed to be safely and easily completed in the privacy of one's home
and mailed to the lab. Results are delivered online or in the mail
within a few days.
The test is available in the US at many retail locations where it is
marketed as the Reli-On A1C Test and under Heritage Labs' Appraise
"The home testing market has significantly expanded in recent years
as more consumers seek to control their healthcare costs," said Roy H
Bubbs, President and CEO of Hooper Holmes. "This is a natural area of
opportunity for us, as we operate one of the most efficient, high
quality labs in the country that is also an FDA-approved manufacturer of
The Appraise Home A1c Kit is an alternative to time-consuming doctor
visits or expensive lab blood draws. Tests are processed at Heritage
Labs' Kansas City headquarters. Results are available over a secure
website in as little as three days.
Hemoglobin is found inside red blood cells, and like all proteins,
links up with sugars such as glucose. The more excess glucose in a
person's blood, the more glucose links up with haemoglobin and the more
A1c (also known as glycated haemoglobin or HbA1c) will be found. The A1c
test measures a person's average blood glucose level for the past few
months and suggests how well a diabetes treatment plan is working.
Although the A1C test is an important tool, it does not replace the
daily self-testing of blood glucose.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends regular
measurement of A1c levels in all diabetics. Just as cholesterol levels
are used to predict the risk of developing heart disease, the A1c value
can predict the risk of developing many of the chronic complications
associated with diabetes.