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Glycosylated Hemoglobin (HbA1c)

This is a long term blood sugar monitoring test done to know the glycohemoglobin levels in the blood of persons who already have diabetes. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying part of the red blood cells. Occasionally the hemoglobin of the red blood cells gets coated with glucose and it is called glycohemoglobin /glycosylated hemoglobin or HbA1c.

The normal range for HbA1c is usually about 4% to 6% in people without diabetes. HbA1c level will be high in a person with diabetes say up to 7%.  If the level of HbA1c is more than 7%, adjustments should be made in the treatment plan and care should be taken to reduce the sugar levels. If it is 7% or less, the person with diabetes has achieved good glucose control.

How and when the test is done
The test is done by taking a blood sample from a vein in the forearm or from the hand. It can be done once in 3 months as red blood cells live about 3 months before it is recycled. The result will show the average level of glycohemoglobin for the past 3 months. Certain conditions like blood loss or transfusion, kidney disease, pregnancy, anemia etc can cause inaccurate test results.

The results are an indication of person's risk of developing long term complications from diabetes such as kidney failure, vision problems and leg or foot numbness.




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 Sarguna .D, Pondicherry    23/4/2012
Thank for your information...

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 1.  Posted on : 9.1.2014  By  :  Soumyya Das , Kolkata View Answer (1) Post Answer
 

Cholecystectomy was done 2 years ago but looking bulky and over weight approx 87 kg triglycerides also increased what should I do?

 
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 2.  Posted on : 27.6.2013  By  :  akshay arora , Bareilly (u.p.) View Answer (1) Post Answer
 

My age is just 22 yrs. And i am having pain in my knee joints doctors said i am sufferin from arthiris/ortheoritis what can i do is their any treatment or not because they have told me that their is no treatment

 
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Arthritis can be caused by many reasons which includes weight problems. Please consult a bbone specialist for further advise. You can too young to have chronic arthritis all your life. Good luck

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 3.  Posted on : 11.9.2012  By  :  Saswajeet Routray , Kolkata View Answer (1) Post Answer
 

I am 32 years old and my wife is 30 now. Myself and my wife, both are suffering from joint pain from 5-6 months. A cracking sound also coming from the knees. Please let me know what to do.

 
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Joint pain can be caused by many reasons.Over weight Oesteo porosis or born loss, arthritis, some febril illnesses are some of the causes. You are very young to ignore your joint pains. You should see an internist. He can examine you, order some blood test and give you a diagnosis. Good luck

  Posted By :Admin , Kochi | On 4.6.2013
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