Do you have diabetes? A simple diabetes test gives you a quick answer. With over 99% certainty, you will get a clear answer, and you can do the urine test at home in peace and quiet. Our diabetes test is carried out using a test stick and urine. It is a simple and highly reliable testing procedure that can ultimately save lives.

Diabetes is a hormonal disease that causes an inability to absorb and store sugar in a balanced way, resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood. Today, diabetes affects many people, both children and adults. It is estimated that over half a million people in Sweden suffer from the disease. There is even talk of an epidemic of type 2 diabetes, thought to be caused by a combination of sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in sugar and low in nutrition. Regardless of why you have diabetes, you can use a diabetes test at home to find out in a short period of time if you are indeed suffering from this common disease. There are symptoms that may be due to other causes, which can only be identified if the results are negative. Our diabetes test is very reliable and easy to perform. You can order it directly online and have it sent to your home with fast delivery.

Common symptoms of diabetes

Anyone can get diabetes, some may have it in their family, some may get it through their lifestyle. If your parents have diabetes or if your lifestyle consists of a poor diet combined with low physical activity, you may need to be tested for diabetes regularly. In fact, many people have pre-diabetes without any particular symptoms.
However, you may also experience symptoms of diabetes and you should immediately check if your suspicions are correct. Common symptoms are:

Get a quick answer with a diabetes test

When you don't feel well and suspect you might have diabetes, you want a quick answer. Diabetes can manifest itself in high blood sugar levels and this is something that can be measured with a simple home test. A diabetes home test does not take many minutes to carry out and it is enough to test with urine so you do not need to prick yourself to draw blood. If you are at risk for this disease, it is a good idea to do this type of self-test regularly. Especially if you are making lifestyle changes to lower your blood sugar and you want to check that this is actually happening.

How to test for diabetes at home

The Quicktest diabetes test makes it easy to find out how your blood sugar is doing. You pee in a cup and then dip a dipstick into it. The stick gives you the glucose level and the level of ketones in the urine, which gives a good indication of whether there is reason to suspect diabetes. The test stick does not need to be dipped for more than a few seconds, then you wait up to a minute to read the results. This is easy to do as you get a color scale to follow. Just remember that you need to read the instructions carefully before you start so that you know what to expect and how to do it step by step in the right way.

What to do in case of a positive result?

You can lower glucose levels by eating right and exercising, but if you get a positive result with our diabetes test, it's important to see a doctor. Having high sugar levels does not necessarily mean you have diabetes, but it can be a cause. It is therefore important that you see a doctor for treatment as diabetes can lead to other conditions. If you have the symptoms described above and get a negative result, you should still seek medical attention to find out why you are not feeling well.

You can order our diabetes self-test here on the website. You will get the answer in a few minutes. This is a simple and effective way to take care of your health. And of course you are completely anonymous, your safety is important to us.

Gastric ulcers affect many people. The problem is often caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. In fact, about 50 to 60% of the adult population has the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Stomach ulcers can also occur for other reasons. A simple test can show if Helicobacter pylori is present in the blood, below we describe more about stomach ulcers and how they are treated. Further down, you can read more about the most common symptoms.

A stomach ulcer can flare up and disappear after a few days, often the problem comes back. An ulcer often causes pain in the upper part of the stomach, and many people also experience a general feeling of discomfort. The bacteria that often cause ulcers can live in the body for a long time, and many people don't even know it. But after a few years, ulcers can develop in the stomach or duodenum. If left untreated, the ulcer can lead to various diseases, in some cases causing cancer and other more serious diseases. The condition is treatable, there are medications that fight the bacteria and there are also effective medications that reduce the hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach. A ruptured ulcer can also lead to anemia (iron deficiency).

How Helicobacter pylori gives you a gastric ulcer

For many years, doctors believed that stomach ulcers were only caused by stress, poor eating habits, smoking or other lifestyle-related causes, but with the discovery of the bacterium in 1982, medical science found that in many cases this bacterium was the underlying cause of the ulcers.
Once the bacterium enters the body, an enzyme (urease) is secreted and the body responds by increasing the production of hydrochloric acid, which attacks the stomach wall that protects the stomach from the strong acid present in the stomach. Once the bacteria have damaged the lining of the stomach, an ulcer develops. The ulcer can cause infections and affect the entire digestive system.
Most people are infected as children, but it is now suspected that the bacteria are often spread within the family. The bacteria can be ingested through food or water, and it is likely to be passed on through feces. Good hygiene and always washing your hands thoroughly after using the toilet minimizes the risk of infection.

Treatment for stomach ulcers

Gastric ulcers often heal on their own; many people don't even know they've had one. Unfortunately, it often comes back, so an ulcer should always be investigated and treated by a doctor. If an ulcer is not treated, it can develop into a so-called bleeding or ruptured ulcer. This can lead to very serious complications.
The treatment available today is effective and the majority of people are helped. The type of treatment depends on the cause of the ulcer. In some cases, doctors use proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole) together with antibiotics.
In other cases, proton pump inhibitors are sufficient. The latter reduces the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is sometimes enough to allow the stomach lining to heal. If the ulcer is caused by Helicobacter pylori, two different types of antibiotics are often used. The treatment is often combined with a proton pump inhibitor until the ulcer has completely disappeared.

The stomach produces as much as 2 liters of stomach acid per day. This acid digests food effectively and relatively quickly. However, the acid should not come into contact with other tissues, so the stomach has a mucous membrane that traps the highly corrosive acid. When this mucous membrane is exposed to Helicobacter pylori or if the stomach produces too much stomach acid, the mucous membrane can be damaged, causing the corrosive acid to come into contact with tissue and an ulcer to form.

Symptoms of gastric ulcers

Symptoms of gastric ulcers can vary and are often different for each individual. However, there are some symptoms that can be considered general for ulcers, regardless of the underlying cause of the ulcer. In some cases, the symptoms can be exacerbated by food.
Below we describe the most common symptoms and further down you will also find the most common causes of stomach ulcers.

A burning sensation in the upper stomach - this can come and go, often feeling better after a meal.
Nausea
Diarrhea

What can I do to relieve gastric ulcers?

Vitamin D deficiency is common in many parts of the world. Research shows that we need more vitamin D than has previously been shown and therefore the Swedish National Food Agency has raised the recommendations for daily intake. One reason why more people are deficient in vitamin D may be that the time we spend indoors has increased. Other important influencing factors include age, skin pigmentation, illnesses and whether you have access to foods fortified with vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency can have serious consequences, so it is a good idea to test your levels yourself to detect deficiencies in time. It is easy to test your own vitamin D levels with a self-test. Through a simple blood test, you can measure the level of the vitamin yourself to know if you have a vitamin D deficiency.

Why is it important to test vitamin D levels?

The main source of vitamin D is from the sun during the summer months, as our body produces the vitamin in the skin from the sun's rays. However, more and more people are spending much of their time indoors. Children and young people in particular spend too much time indoors, but also adults who may work in an office or spend a lot of time in front of a computer.

We can also get the vitamin through our diet. However, it is difficult to get enough from the diet alone and more and more people need supplements. Because too much can be toxic and can lead to other serious conditions if levels are too high, it's important to know that you have a deficiency before taking supplements.

What happens in the body if we don't get enough vitamin D?

All cells in our body that depend on vitamin D need a sufficient level of the vitamin to function optimally. Research shows that vitamin D deficiencies are more serious than previously thought, with increasing links to serious diseases.

While most people only know that vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, there are now increasing links to serious diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, stroke, autoimmune diseases, influenza, various cancers, infectious diseases, Alzheimer's, obesity and higher mortality rates. Lack of the vitamin is not the cause in these cases but an important contributing factor.

Therefore, early detection of deficiencies is important both to improve bone health but also to improve general health and well-being.

Before vitamin D deficiency leads to any serious diseases, people may experience some symptoms that can be useful to find out the root cause. Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, low mood and irritability, depression, poor appetite, weak muscles and reduced stamina. Cramps can also occur if the deficiency is severe, but this is very rare in Sweden. Many of these symptoms are not necessarily linked to vitamin D deficiency but may be due to completely different causes. Therefore, it can be important to test for vitamin D deficiency before taking any extra supplements for this.

What is being tested with a self-test?

Vitamin D, which is actually a steroid hormone, consists of two different forms. One form is D2, which is found in mushrooms and fortified foods, and the other is D3, which is formed in our skin and is found in fish, meat and eggs, for example. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it is best absorbed through the gut if we consume some fat at the same time. From the gut, vitamin D is transported to the liver, where it is metabolized to 25-hydroxy vitamin D.

A blood test can therefore be used to measure the 25-hydroxy vitamin in the blood to determine the concentration of vitamin D in the body. Measuring the blood concentration of both D2 and D3 through this 25-hydroxy vitamin is considered the best indicator of vitamin D status.

How to do a self-test

A test kit contains everything you need to perform a test.

A sterile lancet is used to make a simple prick in a finger to obtain a drop of blood for a blood sample. Sometimes you may need to apply light pressure to your finger to obtain a drop of blood. Use a pipette to transfer the drop of blood from your finger to the test provided in the package. Then follow the instructions on how to perform the test. While the test is processing the blood drop, wait the time indicated in the instructions for use, neither longer nor shorter than the time indicated. Finally, you read the test and interpret the results based on what is described in the instructions for use.

Always read the instructions carefully before performing a test. A test is only reliable if all instructions are followed correctly. It is also important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and to dry your hands thoroughly before a test. This is both to avoid dirt or bacteria entering the finger prick and to get the most reliable result possible.

How reliable is a self-test and which test values are used?

A vitamin D test measures the total level of 25-hydroxy vitamin D. Guideline values for vitamin D levels are 30 ng/ml ± 4ng/ml.

A self-test showing a result lower than 30 ng/ml is 100% reliable and a value showing a result higher than 30 ng/ml has a reliability of 93.33%.

When a self-test shows too low levels of the vitamin

If the test shows insufficient levels, this indicates a vitamin D deficiency. Treatment may then be needed by increasing the intake of vitamin D in the diet or through supplements. If the test shows insufficient levels, a doctor should be consulted to rule out other causes and to get the right treatment.

The Karolinska Institute in Sweden has established current levels of vitamin D as follows:

< 25 nmol/L = Shortage
25-49 nmol/L = Possible shortage
50-250 nmol/L = Normal
75 – 125 nmol/L = Possibly optimal
> 250 nmol/L = Possibly toxic

Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, is important for our bones and teeth as it helps to regulate the calcium balance both in our bones and to maintain normal calcium levels in the blood. The vitamin also contributes to the normal function of the immune system and plays an important role in many processes in our body. Are you deficient? Test at home and get answers in minutes.

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency in adults leads to osteomalacia, a softening of the bones. One of the main causes of osteoporosis is vitamin D deficiency. The vitamin is needed to absorb calcium in the gut, and when blood calcium levels are low, bones begin to leach out to raise calcium levels.

Research findings also suggest that vitamin D deficiency can contribute to many other diseases. For example, links have been found to various infectious diseases, diabetes, MS and various cancers. The results do not show that deficiency is a cause of these diseases, but rather an important contributing factor.

Vitamin D deficiency in children can cause rickets, the so-called English disease, which is a soft and deformed skeleton.

There are certain groups that are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D and these groups may therefore need supplements. Before starting supplements, it is important to test your levels with a vitamin D test as large amounts of the vitamin are toxic. Excessive intake can also cause nausea, increase the risk of fractures, lead to high levels of calcium in the blood and calcium storage in the kidneys which can lead to kidney failure. It is not possible to get too high levels of the vitamin through food intake alone; this applies if you take supplements.

According to a report from the Swedish National Food Agency in 2018 (in swedish), studies show that a relatively large proportion of the population does not get enough vitamin D according to recommendations. Another study from 2018 shows that one in ten young people may have a vitamin D deficiency. Based on these results, the Swedish National Food Agency has chosen to expand who is included in risk groups for deficiency and has chosen to enrich more and more foods with the vitamin.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include extreme fatigue, poor appetite, pain in the hands, arms, feet and back, blood clots and obesity. A severe deficiency of the vitamin can cause seizures. However, severe deficiency is very rare in Sweden. Mild deficiency is quite common, in fact, deficiency of the vitamin is considered underdiagnosed as the symptoms are often diffuse or even non-existent, sometimes vitamin D deficiency can be confused with other conditions. Therefore, deficiency is often not detected during regular visits to the health center. Even mild deficiency can cause significant symptoms, especially if the deficiency has been long-standing.

Depression

Depression may in some cases be linked to low levels of vitamin D.

Fatigue

A low level of the vitamin can also make you feel more tired than usual and less energetic.

Low mood and irritability

If you often feel in a bad mood or extra irritable and angry, the vitamin may have affected serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is our feel-good hormone.

High blood pressure

Vitamin D helps keep blood pressure at healthy levels. High blood pressure can be a sign of low levels.

Weak muscles and reduced stamina

Vitamin D deficiency can affect muscle performance and a symptom of deficiency can include muscle weakness or reduced stamina.

The symptoms may also be due to other causes

Keep in mind that several of these symptoms can be due to completely different causes and therefore it is important to test for vitamin D deficiency before taking any extra supplements for this. It can also take a long time to develop any symptoms so the most important advice is to eat a varied diet.

Who is at risk and what is the daily requirement for vitamin D?

The average daily requirement is 7.5 micrograms per day. Dietary intake of the daily requirement varies for different ages and depending on how much a person exposes their skin to the sun. The recommendations for northerners were recently raised because studies have shown that we need more of this vitamin than researchers previously thought. New recommendations from the Swedish Food Agency for adults are 10 micrograms per day.

The daily requirement may also be difficult to achieve for special risk groups such as vegetarians, vegans, allergy sufferers and people who do not eat fish and foods enriched with the vitamin. Even people who avoid sun exposure may have difficulties in reaching the daily requirement. For these groups, it may be appropriate to supplement the vitamin mainly during the winter months for those who spend time in the sun during the summer.

How do we get vitamin D?

The main source of vitamin D is sunlight during the summer months. The vitamin is formed from the cholesterol in our skin when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight. To meet a daily intake of 5-10 micrograms, we need to be in the sun with direct sunlight on our bodies for up to 15 minutes 2-3 times a week. The vitamin is best absorbed by exposure to the face and the inside of the forearms in particular. The Swedish winter sun is not strong enough for the skin to produce vitamin D and the body must therefore use what has been stored in the body during the summer. If enough has been stored in the body during the summer, it can cover part of the need even during the winter months. However, this is quite unusual for those of us living in Sweden.

Vitamin D is also found in our food, but often in limited amounts and it can be difficult to get enough through the diet alone. This is why the sun in the summer is so important for us. The largest amount of vitamin D is found in fish, especially oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and tilapia. Other important sources are eggs - the yolk itself, meat, some mushrooms and foods fortified with vitamin D. This can be found, for example, in dairy products, margarine and blended fats.

There are two forms of vitamin D: vitamin D3, which is produced in our skin and found in fish, meat and eggs, and vitamin D2, which is found in mushrooms and fortified foods.

Many people wonder how safe our home tests are. In fact, they are very reliable. The knowledge of how In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) tests are performed is becoming more widespread, thanks to the internet and that knowledge being easily searchable. For those working in healthcare or medical technology, IVD tests are an obvious choice, a technology that is also respected and considered reliable.

Our self-tests are made in France. This means they are controlled by a European Notified Body. A Notified Body is an inspection body that strictly verifies that the manufacturing, labeling and product meet the stringent requirements of the European authorities. This is basically the same procedure that is applied to medicines and other equipment used by healthcare professionals.

When the manufacturer meets all the requirements, a so-called CE mark is obtained, which has a unique reference code and a CE number. In this way, a product can always be traced to the responsible manufacturer.

Quicktest has a unique cooperation agreement with manufacturers, we participate in product development and we have an ongoing dialog with doctors and researchers who have insight into the development of IVD products. For example, we were the ones behind our Gluten Test, the development took about 2 years and today it is one of our most sold tests!

To measure reliability, various instruments are used and the results are checked with other measurement methods. These are performed both internally and externally.

Strep throat often causes severe pain in the throat and pharynx. The pain can sometimes be difficult to understand for those who have not experienced strep throat.

However, the symptoms are quite clear:

It is often difficult to swallow solid food as the pain is too great.
Actually, strep throat is an infection of the tonsils. By far the most common bacterium that causes this infection is called Streptococcus A. Usually the infection resolves itself, but due to the pain and severely affected general condition, it is not uncommon for it to be treated with antibiotics.
In addition to symptoms such as sore throat, there is often a fever and swollen lymph nodes. They can sometimes be felt as small bumps under the skin in the angle of the jaw about 5 cm below the ears (adult).

Have you been bitten by a tick? You are certainly not alone, it is not only dogs and outdoor cats that are visited by these small insects. There are a number of different species of what we call ticks, in Sweden the most common tick is called Ixodes ricinus in Latin. It lives about 2-3 years.

It lives and thrives best in grass and undergrowth, where it lurks on a passing dog or person. Once attached, it sucks blood from its host for 1 to 2 weeks.

In some cases, a tick can carry Lyme disease. It is relatively uncommon but those affected often have symptoms such as itching, fever and fatigue. You can get tested for Lyme disease at your health center or do a simple home test here.

How do I know if I am in menopause?

Menopause is something that comes sooner or later, but it is not always easy to know when you have reached it. Unfortunately, in these open and liberal times, it is still something of a taboo to talk about. However, more women are starting to talk about it as menopause has a relatively large impact.

But how do you know when you are in menopause? Our simple answer is that you probably have a sense of it, you may be experiencing the classic symptoms such as mood swings, cold sweats and vaginal dryness.

Knowing if the menopause has arrived is helpful in understanding these changes, it is also beneficial to know if you might want to put contraception aside. The easiest way for you to really know is to do a simple menopause test, these are available in well-stocked pharmacies or you can buy the menopause test here, of course everything is sent in a discreet package.

Symptoms of iron deficiency

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency? In fact, it varies quite a lot from person to person. But there are certain symptoms that seem to be recurring for those who suffer from iron deficiency. We'll tell you more about these symptoms a little further down. But first, let's talk about what can cause iron deficiency.

Iron deficiency can affect anyone, but women are more likely to become deficient. It could be a poor or monotonous diet, it could be due to lifestyle factors such as smoking, etc.

The most common symptoms of iron deficiency

If you recognize any of these symptoms, it could be due to iron deficiency, it could also be due to a different background (history) but a simple test will give you a straightforward answer. The alternative is to go to your local health center.

We need iron to stay healthy. When you have lost a lot of blood or when the gut for various reasons fails to absorb iron from food, it can lead to iron deficiency and then it is important to treat the condition properly.

On the one hand, it is of course that you should review your diet and make sure that you get food that is rich in iron. You can also use dietary supplements to replenish the body's iron stores more quickly. A simple home test provides a quick and reliable answer.

More iron for iron deficiency

When iron deficiency is detected, it may be because you have lost too much blood in a short period of time or because your gut is unable to absorb the iron you are ingesting. It is important to distinguish between two different types of iron: heme iron and non-heme iron. The liver is the organ that stores much of the body's iron.

Heme iron is found in animal products and the gut can absorb 25% of this iron supplement. Non-haem iron is found in plant products and the gut absorbs 5-10% of this. When you need to increase the amount of iron in your body quickly, you should, if possible, choose to eat more meat while taking supplements and increasing your intake of plant foods that are high in iron.

If you want to increase your gut's ability to handle the iron and convert it into the form your body needs, you should also make sure to combine your iron intake with vitamin C. So, a glass of juice right after a piece of meat is a very good idea. A glass of juice immediately after a piece of meat is therefore a very good idea. In fact, this way you can get your gut to absorb 4 times more iron than it would otherwise, making recovery much faster.

Whether it will take days or weeks to get the amount of iron you need to stop iron deficiency symptoms is not easy to say. This depends a lot on how severe the iron deficiency is and how quickly you change your diet. If there is no change despite using iron supplements and eating more animal-based foods, it is important to get professional help to investigate whether there are underlying health problems that lead to the deficiency and the body's inability to recover.

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