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Insulin antibodies

Category Immunology
Test background

Insulin antibodies can be a cause of resistance to insulin and are highly specific.

Clinical Indications

Differential diagnosis of type II diabetes mellitus (DM) and LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults)
Screening of first degree relatives for risk of developing insulin-dependent DM (IDDM)
May also be used to determine the risk of IDDM in gestational diabetes

Reference range


Sample & container required RST (rust top)
Sample volume 5-10 mL (1 mL serum)
Turnaround time 28 days

Not currently performed in house; this test is referred to the Protein Reference Unit in Sheffield.