An HbA1c or Haemoglobin A1c is also known as glycosylated haemoglobin and can measure the glucose levels in your blood. Because the glucose in your body attaches itself to the haemoglobin present in your red blood cells which live for around 8 to 12 weeks, the test is a good indicator of the levels of sugar that have been in your blood over a 2 to 3 months period.
About our HbA1c test at our Birmingham clinic.
✔ This test is suitable for those who want to have better control of the risks of developing diabetes and it is often treated as a general test. ✔ If you want to take further steps to improve your lifestyle and know what are your chances of developing diabetes. ✔ Patients who are concerned about other symptoms that could indicate diabetes might also want to take this test in order to make sure that their blood sugar levels are normal.
When the sugar in your body is not used for energy, then it will go to your blood and it further attaches itself to the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen, which is called haemoglobin. This process is named glycosylation and the more glucose exists in the bloodstream, the more glucose will build in the blood cells. When all these molecules get sugar attached to them, diabetes can happen and it brings a lot of health issues and physical problems to the person affected by it.
The HbA1c test is able to give accurate percentages of the levels of sugar that have been attaching themselves to the haemoglobin in the red blood cells. However, the HbA1c blood test is only able to measure the blood sugar level that has been present in the bloodstream for about four months. This is because the red blood cells live in the bloodstream for only 4 months.
Difference Between the HbA1c test and a normal blood Test
The difference between a normal blood test and the HbA1c one, is that the HbA1c test is not affected by short-term changes, which means that although you might have had high levels of blood sugar, the test will calculate the average and let you know if you have been doing great at keeping your blood sugar levels stable.
If the results will show a high percentage, this signifies a pre-diabetes condition and in some cases, a full diabetes diagnosis. When diabetes type 2 is in its early stage, the patient can still reverse the advancement of it through radical lifestyle changes.
What causes blood levels to change?
Usually, the most common signs of a diabetic are obesity, a diet rich in processed and junk foods as well as a sedentary lifestyle. Research shows that restricting your caloric intake in case of an obese person could bring blood sugar levels to a normal line. Chronic stress is also a cause that can have an impact. Regardless of the cause, aHbA1c test can help you identify the best course of action that you will have to take. At Midland Health, our specialists will offer you advice and support you throughout the journey.
After having your test done, we will be then able to interpret the results and decide on the best treatment that is right for you.
Who is suitable for this test?
Any patient that is monitoring their blood sugar levels can benefit from doing this test. People who are looking to get an accurate diagnose for diabetes are also recommended to take this test. Lastly, if you are just looking to have a general check of your blood sugar levels, then this is the right test for you as well. We will be there for you to help you with the interpretation of the results as well as any immediate actions that will have to be taken.
If you think you may be at risk, book in for a consultation with a Midland Health GP. Our expert doctors provide a full battery of health checks alongside dietary and lifestyle advice for the prevention of diabetes.
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