HbA1c is the one blood test you need to be super familiar with if you have Diabetes and this needs to be repeated every 4-6 months.
When you check a blood glucose level using finger-prick testing, it tells us what your blood glucose is, in that point of time and also gives us a slight idea as to what it had been over the last couple of hours.
But beyond that, it’s difficult to get an idea of what your diabetes control has been over the last few weeks based solely on blood glucose levels.
This is where HbA1c comes in to play. This is a simple blood test for which you don’t have to fast.
HbA1c gives us an idea of what your average blood glucose was over the last 3 months.
Below is a simple guide on how to interpret your HbA1c.
Following video has a more detailed explanation on HbA1c.
How can My DiabetesConnect Help?
The App will help you in two ways. When you enter your latest HbA1c result the Tile, Graph and list view all will go either Red, Amber or Green helping you instantly identify if it is at target, above or very high.
The App will also calculate you an estimated Average Glucose(eAG) which will give you an idea of your Average Blood glucose over the last 3-4 months based on your latest HbA1c. This will hopefully help you understand your latest HbA1c a little bit better.
Hopefully you will now know the answer for the following three questions(If not you need to find out the answers!)
- So whats your latest HbA1c?
- Was it done within the last 6 months?
- Is your HbA1c in target?
Dr Ryizan Nizar MD MRCP UK
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