Test Overview – The HbA1c or Haemoglobin A1c test measures the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. It is used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes. In people already diagnosed with diabetes, this test is used to monitor the progress of treatment.
When is it recommended? – Anytime
Diagnostic ailment – Blood sugar, diabetes, pre-diabetes
Significance – This test is a reliable indicator of blood sugar as it is devoid of daily fluctuations and reveals the average result of the past 3 months.
What does the test result mean? – The recommended level for HbA1c is between 4% and 5.6%. A level between 5.7% and 6.4% may indicate pre-diabetes. A level of 6.5% or higher indicates diabetes.
Special Instructions – Be sure to inform your doctor if you are anaemic as low iron levels may interfere with this test result.