Thursday, December 07, 2006

Health Tip: What's an A1c Test?

(HealthDay News) -- Even though many diabetics check their blood sugar at home each day, it's important for a doctor to monitor a person's long-term control of the disease.

The A1c test, also called a glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c, gives doctors a view of the patient's blood sugar levels over the prior 120 days -- the approximate lifespan of a red blood cell.

Results of an A1c can help a doctor understand if a prescribed diabetes treatment plan is working as intended, according to the American Diabetes Association.

The test should be given at least twice a year, the ADA says. Your doctor may want the test done more frequently if you've had trouble controlling your blood sugar, or if the physician has made a recent change in your treatment plan.

No comments:


Dr. Group's Secret to Health Kit

Dr. Group's Secret to Health Kit

[ learn more ]

Add to Cart

Dr. Group's Secret to Health Kit offers simple at-home solutions for cleansing internally and externally thereby reducing toxins, restoring the body's natural healing process, and helping you achieve true health and happiness.