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HbA1c is short for glycated haemoglobin. It is a blood test that is used if you have any type of diabetes, or if you are risk of developing diabetes. It gives an average of blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. It is used around the world as an indicator, measure or marker for if blood glucose levels are being managed in an ideal way.
🧪How is it measured?
HbA1c can either be measured from venous blood test (the one where you get a needle) or a finger prick test. The latter is less common, and is usually only used in modern healthcare centres. There are some commercially available home kits, but these can be very expensive. The accuracy of these methods can also vary. The result you get is in mmol/mol or % (think of it like imperial and metric).
🔎Why is it measured?
There was huge research study done which tracked people with diabetes over a long period of time. The study showed that the closer that HbA1c is to 48mmol/mol (or 6.5%), the less likely a person with diabetes is to have complications from diabetes. The information was so powerful that the study was stopped early so that those who were not heading toward this number could be given greater support to try to reach this number.
🧐What does it tell me?
HbA1c gives an average, and should be used along with all the other information available to make an accurate decision about someone’s diabetes treatment. It should not be used on it’s own, however it can provide an idea of how things are going. In the past, it was used to tell “people off” if their diabetes was “poorly controlled”, however there is increasing awareness that this measure is not the sole driver. It can tell you if your medication and lifestyle is correct for your life, or if something needs adjusting.
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