HbA1C blood test kits can be used to screen for and monitor diabetes and pre-diabetes. The HbA1C test kits involve a finger-prick blood test, and the results are provided within a few minutes. Lancets are required to obtain a finger prick blood sample.
HbA1c (also known as glycated hemoglobin or hemoglobin A1c) is a blood test that measures the average blood sugar level over the past two to three months. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. When blood sugar levels are high, sugar molecules attach themselves to hemoglobin molecules. The more sugar in the blood, the more hemoglobin molecules will be glycated.
HbA1c is reported as a percentage, with a higher percentage indicating higher blood sugar levels. For people with diabetes, HbA1c is an important tool for managing blood sugar levels and evaluating the effectiveness of their treatment plan. A goal HbA1c level for people with diabetes is typically less than 7%. It's important to note that while HbA1c provides a good overall picture of blood sugar control over the past two to three months, it is not a substitute for daily blood sugar monitoring. It is also important to interpret HbA1c levels in the context of other factors such as age, overall health, and other medical conditions.
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