Synonyms/Also Known as
A1c, HbA1c, Glycated Hemoglobin, Glycosylated Hemoglobin
GlucoseTests, Urine Albumin, Urine Albumin/Creatinine Ratio, Fructosamine
Why get tested?
To diagnose diabetes, to identify those at an increased risk of developing diabetes, to monitor a person's long-term glucose levels and to aid in treatment.
When to get tested?
As a part of routine health check up, when a person has risk factors or symptoms of diabetes, to monitor glucose levels at regular intervals in a diagnosed case of diabetes and to monitor therapy in a diabetic patient.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. How is estimated Average Glucose (eAG) calculated using HbA1c?
28.7 X A1c (%) - 46.7 = eAG mg/dL
2. Can blood glucose levels be monitored at home?
Yes. In already diagnosed cases of diabetes, glucose levels can be monitored at home using point-of-care test. But this is not recommended for screening or diagnosing diabetes.
3. Why are A1c and blood glucose values different?
HbA1c and blood glucose levels have different units. HbA1c gives an average value of glucose levels over a period of time (120 days) where as blood glucose levels capture the changes that occur on a daily basis.
4. How can blood glucose levels be controlled?
Dietary modifications, regular excercise, life style changes and regular use of medications can control glucose levels.