A Home Urine Test Could Eliminate the Need for a Blood Test

Good news for all of you who despise needles or already feel like a pincushion everyday with your insulin shots. A new simple urine test that can be hand delivered or mailed may be replacing the need to make the trip to the doctor’s office, lab or hospital to have your blood drawn.

The Urine Test

The urine test can be used for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. The test kit was developed by Professor Andrew Hattersley and team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter, England. Children especially will benefit from not having to undergo the traditional blood tests.

How the Tests Work

Patient insulin-production is measured regardless of whether they are taking insulin injections. The tests can also be used to differentiate between diabetes Type 1 from Type 2, plus other rare genetic forms of the disease.

A Statement about the Study

Dr. Rachel Besser, who has led the studies on over 300 patients, commented: "The urine test offers a practical alternative to blood testing. As the urine test can be done in the patients own home we hope that it will be taken up more readily, and more patients can be correctly diagnosed and be offered the correct treatment.”

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/217537.php

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