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MEDIA RELEASE                                                                         

17 July 2017

 

Australian-first at-home blood test helping researchers delay and prevent onset of type 2 diabetes

A simple new at-home blood test is helping to identify people at risk of diabetes as part of a world-first diabetes prevention program..

The new finger prick blood test is helping to screen people at risk of diabetes – particularly those who might not be seeing their GP for regular health checks..

The test – known as MyHealthTest - is being used to screen and enrol people at risk of diabetes in a world-first lifestyle modification program being run by Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre..

“Pre-diabetes affects more than 2 million Australians over the age of 25 and alarmingly thousands remain unaware that they may be at-risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, said Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre diabetes researcher Dr Nick Fuller..

“If left untreated, pre-diabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes which can result in serious health complications such as blindness, amputations and heart disease,” Dr Fuller said..

Dr Fuller said global programs had demonstrated that many cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through simple lifestyle measures. “We know we can prevent or delay up to 60 per cent of people developing diabetes through a simple lifestyle weight loss management program”, he said..

He said the MyHealthTest finger prick blood test was allowing researchers to screen people in their lifestyle programs to help identify those 1 in 6 Australian adults who had pre-diabetes..

“Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed through a simple finger prick blood test,” he said..

MyHealthTest General Manager Dr Nick Cerneaz said MyHealthTest offered a new generation of blood testing. “It’s a simple, convenient and non-invasive way to test for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes at home,” he said..

“People at risk may not see their doctor for regular check-ups so MyHealthTest’s finger prick blood test service allows them to simply and easily test their blood at home..

“Our next generation pathology testing sets the industry standard for preventative and convenient at home healthcare..

“A finger prick sample of blood is spotted onto a small card, returned via regular mail and results are delivered to the user online, which can then be shared with healthcare providers and others as desired,” he said..

MyHealthTest’s finger prick blood test was developed by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU).  A study published in BMC Clinical Pathology found comparable results between the MHT HbA1c (diabetes) test and traditional whole blood testing.

Dr Fuller said many people could live with diabetes for some time before it was diagnosed, putting them at increased risk of serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, foot ulcers, and even heart disease.

Over a period of 12 months, program participants are provided with healthcare support, which included weight loss advice from dietitians and exercise physiologists. Participants also received regular medical monitoring including blood tests and full body composition scans (which measures the amount of muscle and fat in the body), cognitive function testing and dental health examinations.

The consequences of untreated diabetes can be devastating. It is critical that Australians at-risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes test their blood glucose levels and make healthy lifestyle changes to effectively delay and in some cases even prevent serious health complications,” Dr Fuller said.


Free testing offer associated with National Diabetes Week – now extended

MyHealthTest is offering free at-home diabetes blood tests in association with National Diabetes Week. This offer has been extended until 21 July 2017. Individuals can order a free HbA1c test, valued at $34.95, online at: https://myhealthtest.com/diabetes-week-2017

About MyHealthTest

The MyHealthTest blood testing service allows people to conduct a simple finger prick blood test at home, return their blood sample via post to the lab and access their results online via a secure website. Results can then be shared and discussed with their healthcare professional. It can also be purchased by consumers online or purchased at selected pharmacies. For more information on MyHealthTest please visit: www.myhealthtest.com

About the Diabetes Prevention Program

For more information and to register your interest in participating in one of the Diabetes Prevention Programs please visit: www.metabolictrial.com

Media enquires

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Tania Paccanaro, Mint Health, on taniap@minthealth.com.au or mobile: 0414 920 299.