An A1C test is a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. The A1C diabetes tests are sometimes called the adult hemoglobin A1C, HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin, or glycohemoglobin test. Hemoglobin is the part of a red blood cell that carries oxygen to the cells.Philipsburg Pharmacy in St Maarten offers the A1c Diabetes test for clients in addition to the regular glucose test we currently offer.
This A1c test will give you your average glucose level over the last 2 months time period.
The hemoglobin A1c test is an important blood test that shows you how well your diabetes is being controlled through your day to day activities, and your diet. Hemoglobin A1c provides an average of your blood sugar control over the past 2 to 3 months and is used along with home blood sugar monitoring and helps your physician make adjustments to your diabetes medicines.
Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. When your diabetes is out of control, or your blood sugar level is too high, sugar builds up in your blood and combines with your hemoglobin. The average amount of sugar in your blood can be found by measuring your hemoglobin A1c level. If your glucose levels have been high over recent weeks, your hemoglobin A1c test will be higher.
What’s a Normal A1c TestResult? For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c test is between 4% and 5.6%. Hemoglobin A1c levels between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate increased risk of diabetes, and levels of 6.5% or higher indicate diabetes. Because studies have repeatedly shown that out-of-control diabetes results in complications from the disease, the goal for people with diabetes is a hemoglobin A1c less than 7%. The higher the hemoglobin A1c, the higher the risks of developing complications related to diabetes.
Make sure to have your hemoglobin A1c level tested here at Philipsburg Pharmacy, the BEST St Maarten Pharmacy in Philipsburg.
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