Recently we got a query on hbA1c. Although now its a common test but there is still not much information about this test.
hbA1c refers to as glycated haemoglobin, this develops when a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen joins with the glucose in the blood and becomes glycated.
Since the rbc has a lifespan of 8-12 weeks, this calculation gives us a generalized idea about the average of the blood sugar over a period of weeks to months.
The amount of glucose that combines with this protein is directly proportional to the total amount of sugar that is in your system at that time.
This becomes a better test then random or fasting sugar for diabetes as it gives a better idea of the blood sugar in a span of few weeks or months rather then just at that moment (momentary result).
The normal values stays between 20-41mmol/mol.
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