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Glycated Hemoglobin (HBA1c)

Also known as: HemoglobinA1c; HbA1c; Glycohemoglobin; Glycated hemoglobin; Glycosylated hemoglobin
Formal name: A1c and estimated Average Glucose
Related tests: Glucose; Microalbumin; Microalbumin/creatinine ratio; Fructosamine

 

  • Why should I do it?

To monitor a person's diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions; to screen for and/or diagnose diabetes and prediabetes

 

  • When should I do it?

When first diagnosed with diabetes and then 2 to 4 times per year; as part of a health checkup or if you have symptoms of diabetes

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm or from a fingerstick

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None