The world's first testing kit that allows people with diabetes to measure their HbA1c levels at home has launched in the UK.
Currently only available in a clinical setting, the HbA1c test is considered to provide the most accurate long term reading of blood glucose control and is one of NICE's nine recommended checks that people with diabetes should receive at least once a year.
The new A1CNow SELF CHECK system is a disposable testing kit, which enables people with diabetes to self-monitor their HbA1c levels every eight to 12 weeks. It can also be used by healthcare professionals and is used in several NHS diabetes clinics.
Dr Ponnusamy Saravanan, associate clinical professor and honorary consultant physician in diabetes, endocrinology & metabolism at the University of Warwick & George Eliot Hospital, said: "Although HbA1c testing is available in a clinical setting it is good news that people with diabetes can now access the test at home.
"This will empower the millions of people with diabetes to self-monitor their condition more closely and allow earlier intervention when needed."
in a recent study, A1CNow SELF CHECK, which is available from BHR Pharmaceuticals, had an average of 99 per cent accuracy.