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What is the hemoglobin A1c test for diabetes?

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The hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past two to three months. It's also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin.

People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. It can tell if you need to adjust your diabetes medicines. The A1c test is also used to diagnose diabetes.

American Diabetes Association: “A1C Test,” “A1C and eAG.”  

Droumaguet, C. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Steffes, M. 2005.  Clinical Chamistry,

Selvin, E. , 2006. Diabetes Care

Mayo.org: “A1c test.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 1, 2018

American Diabetes Association: “A1C Test,” “A1C and eAG.”  

Droumaguet, C. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Steffes, M. 2005.  Clinical Chamistry,

Selvin, E. , 2006. Diabetes Care

Mayo.org: “A1c test.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 1, 2018

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