Hemoglobin A1c Test

This blood test measures the Hemoglobin A1c level.

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Hemoglobin A1c Test FAQ

What is a Hemoglobin A1c Test?

The Hemoglobin A1c Test measures the Hemoglobin A1c level in the blood.

Why is a Hemoglobin A1c Test important?

The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a good screening test for diabetes. It measures the average blood glucose over the past 120 days so that you can see how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the past few months.

What does an abnormal Hemoglobin A1c Test mean?

Elevated Hemoglobin A1c levels suggest an increased risk or the presence of diabetes (depending on the level).

What type of specimen will I submit?

This Hemoglobin A1c Test is a blood test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

Fasting is not necessary.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.

Last updated on August 28, 2017

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Hemoglobin A1c Test - More Information

The hemoglobin A1c test measures the blood level of hemoglobin A1c. The hemoglobin A1c test is also known as an HbA1c test, glycosylated hemoglobin test, glycated hemoglobin test, glycohemoglobin, or, simply, an A1c test.

The hemoglobin A1c helps assess how well the blood glucose level in the body. Hemoglobin, a blood protein in red blood cells, will bind some glucose when they are found together in the blood. If the blood glucose level is high, more of it will be bound to the hemoglobin and the level of this bound hemoglobin can be measured by the HbA1c test.

Because red blood cells only last for several months, the hemoglobin A1c test can assess the average glucose level over the past three months. It is helpful to remember that hemoglobin A1c does not play a role in managing glucose levels like blood insulin and adiponectin do.

Because of the important information that it conveys, the hemoglobin A1c test is an important test that is part of more comprehensive diabetes screening and diabetes management blood panels.

One limitation of the hemoglobin A1c test is that it measures the average blood glucose levels over the past few months but cannot determine how many times the blood glucose levels spiked above normal during that period (so-called glycemic variability). Newer tests such as the GlycoMark test are more helpful is assessing glycemic variability in known diabetics who want tighter blood glucose control.

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