The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test determines how much blood sugar (glucose) is bonded to hemoglobin. The component of red blood cells that is called hemoglobin is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. The at-home diabetes hemoglobin HbA1c test reveals the average amount of glucose that is attached to hemoglobin over the past three months. The reason it is based on a three-month average is that a red blood cell usually lasts for that time.
High HbA1c values could be a symptom of diabetes, a chronic condition that can lead to heart disease, renal disease, and nerve damage, among other major health issues.
Included: 1 finger-stick blood kit to test Hemoglobin A1c levels
Use of the Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test
The use of an HbA1c test is important since it can identify diabetes or prediabetes in adults. When you have prediabetes, your blood sugar levels indicate a high risk of developing diabetes.
An HbA1c test can help you track your condition and glucose levels if you already have diabetes. Your medical physician may use an HbA1c test alone or they may use it in combination with other diabetes tests to give you a diagnosis. The HbA1c test can also be used to see how well you are managing your diabetes.
Need of HbA1c test?
The HbA1c test checks if your blood sugar has increased in the past 3 months. Based on your results you can determine if you are pre-diabetic or how well-controlled your diabetes treatment is.
Symptoms of diabetes may include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Blurred vision
How to perform the Diabetes Haemoglobin A1C Test?
In the box with each Credence medicure test are instructions. Additionally, we offer PDF and video instructions on the procedures for gathering samples used in our studies.