The hemoglobin A1C evaluates a patient’s average level of blood sugar over the last 2-3 months. Diabetic patients are required to take this test regularly in order to monitor their blood sugar levels. As RBC’s have a life of about 3 months, the test shows the average level of glucose in the blood for an average period of 3 months.
Why get tested?
The HbA1c glycated hemoglobin test helps a doctor to get an idea of the average blood sugar levels of a patient over a certain period of time. This test aids in evaluating and monitoring the effect of treatment and medication in diabetic patients.
What it measures?
When the glucose builds up in the blood it binds to the hemoglobin in the red blood cells. This test measures the percentage of glucose attached to the hemoglobin molecules. The higher the A1C, the higher your recent blood sugar levels will be.
This test includes
HbA1c Glycated Haemoglobin
No special preparation is required for this test.
However, patients should inform the doctor if they are taking any medicines or suffering from any allergies to avoid falsified results.