HBA1C Blood Test
The HBA1C Blood Test is a common finger-prick test used to measure blood sugar levels and its variation over time.
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Glycated haemoglobin also referred to as HbA1c, is a more accurate long term measure of glucose levels (blood sugar levels) in your blood. Haemoglobin is part of the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your bloodstream. Testing HbA1c measures long term glucose levels, as glucose attaches to your red blood cells, with these cells living for around 14 weeks on average. This is ideal for monitoring diabetes and pre-diabetic susceptibility because it can provide insight over a three month period prior to testing.
Symptoms that could indicate type 2 diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Unexpected weight loss
- Constant thirst
HBA1C Blood Test is also known as the glycated haemoglobin test. The HBA1C blood test can help you and your doctor track your blood sugar levels over time. This can help you identify any problems with controlling your blood sugar and allow for early treatment. The HBA1C blood test is typically done every 6 months to a year.
If you have diabetes, it is important to have your HBA1C blood test done regularly. The results of the test can help you and your doctor determine how well your diabetes is controlled. Having an HBA1C level that is close to normal can help reduce your risk of developing complications from diabetes. Talk to your doctor about what target HBA1C level you should aim for.
Is this test for you?
Testing for diabetes is essential when maintaining a healthy and proactive health care regime. Adults aged over 45 are recommended to proactively test for diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. However, many of our clients also get tested for the following reasons:
When active diabetes, blood testing is beneficial due to the following risk factors:
- If you are over the age of 45
- If you suffer from clinical obesity - meaning a body mass index (a measure of body fat) ≥25 kg/m²
- If you live a sedentary lifestyle
- A family history of heart disease
- Family history of gestational diabetes
- A family history of diabetic predisposition
Experts Opinion on HBA1C Tests
"An HBA1c panel gives you an average picture of your red cell and is a marker used to diagnose and manage diabetes."
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