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Also known as Hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, Glycohemoglobin, Glycated hemoglobin and Glycosylated hemoglobin, this test helps determine if elevated glucose in the blood is an issue. Sugar (glucose) sticks, and when it's around for a long time, it's harder to get it off. In the body, sugar sticks too, particularly to proteins. The red blood cells that circulate in the body live for about 3 months before they die off. When sugar sticks to these cells, it gives doctors an idea of how much sugar is around for the preceding 3 months. In most labs, the normal range is 4 - 5.9%. In poorly controlled diabetes, its 8.0% or above, and in well controlled patients it's less than 7.0%. The benefits of measuring A1c is that is gives a more reasonable view of what's happening over the course of time (3 months), rather than what is happening at any particular moment.

Although it is used primarily to monitor diabetics, it would be a good test for screening anyone who has had an isolated elevated glucose reading or is at high risk for develping diabetes.
 

 
 

Test for Hemoglobin A1c can help with the following:
 
 
Organ Health  Diabetes Type II
  Increased Risk of Diabetes ll
  Pancreatectomy
 
 


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