What does it test for?
This HbA1c test is used to check the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood.
HbA1c levels are reflective of average blood glucose levels over 6-8 weeks, so fasting for the test is not necessary. High HbA1c levels reflect poor control over diabetes management.
- Hemoglobin A1 (HbA1c)
Who should get tested?
The test is used to determine your risk of diabetes (pre-diabetes) or how well your diabetes is being managed. You should take this test…
- if you have diabetes type 1 or type 2
- if you have a family history of diabetes
- if you are presenting with symptoms of diabetes
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes include:
- Urinating more than ten times a day (6-8 times a day is the average.)
- Persistent thirst
- Feeling hungry even though you are eating a recommended calorie intake each day
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry eyes or blurred vision
- Dry mouth/tongue
- Itchy skin
- Unexpected weight loss (Type 1 Diabetes)
- Pain or numbness in the hands (Type 2 Diabetes)
At home HbA1c test for the presence of diabetes with online results in 5 days.
Hemoglobin (Hb for short) is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body. It is the part of your blood that makes it red. Glucose or sugar in your blood can stick to hemoglobin, this makes HbA1c. The more glucose in your blood, the higher your level of HbA1c will be. Red blood cells in your body survive for 8-12 weeks before they are renewed, by measuring HbA1c, you can get an idea of your average blood glucose level of the last 2-3 months.