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23 Jul

HBa1c Test

Brief Summary:

The hemoglobin A1c test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. It’s also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. The A1c test is also used to diagnose diabetes

 

Technical Purposes:

Hemoglobin A1c, often abbreviated HbA1c, is a form of hemoglobin (a blood pigment that carries oxygen) that is bound to glucose. The blood test for HbA1c level is routinely performed in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Blood HbA1c levels are reflective of how well diabetes is controlled.

 

Test Process/what does it do:

Hemoglobin A1C Test (hba1c test): Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and helps to carry oxygen throughout the body. When blood sugar is too high, sugar builds up in the blood and combines with hemoglobin becoming glycated. The hemoglobin A1C test (hbA1c test) measures the average level of glucose in the blood.

 

Test results/Outcomes:

 The hemoglobin A1c test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. It’s also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. Therefore, HbA1c is a useful indicator of how well the blood glucose level has been controlled in the recent past (over two to three months) and may be used to monitor the effects of diet, exercise, and drug therapy on blood glucose in people with diabetes.

 

Sources:

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/hemoglobin_a1c_hba1c/article_em.htm#how_can_a_person_lower_their_hba1c_levels

 

 

 

 

 

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