HbA1c test is used in diabetics to show how well you've controlled your blood sugar during the preceding 3-month period. Red blood cells live about 3 months before they die off and are replaced by new ones. During their life span, they carry glycated hemoglobin with them. By measuring the amount of HbA1c you will get an average of what your blood sugar has been over that period.
The higher the HbA1c, the higher the average blood sugar and the more chance you will experience complications from your disease. This test can also serve as a warning sign that you may be diabetic if you do not already have the disease.
Recommended for: Diabetics to assess their glucose control.
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