Friday, January 27, 2012

New NIH Fact Sheet Explains Test For Diabetes, Prediabetes

A new fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health explains the A1C test, a widely used and important test to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and to monitor blood glucose levels of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The A1C blood test provides information about average blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, over the past three months. The test is sometimes referred to as the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The test result is reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person's average blood glucose levels, which can cause complications in people with diabetes. A normal A1C level is below 5.7%.

The A1C Test and Diabetes covers a wide range of information, including

  • How the test works
  • Other blood tests for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes
  • Accuracy of blood tests
  • Where to learn more about A1C tests in people with hemoglobin variants
  • A1C targets

Full article here
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