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HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) in Ghaziabad

Also known as Glycated hemoglobin test, Hemoglobin A1c, Glycosylated Hemoglobin
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Understanding HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) in Ghaziabad

What is HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) in Ghaziabad?

HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c), also known as Hemoglobin A1c or HbA1c, is a blood test that measures the average amount of sugar in the blood over 2-3 months. It is available at an affordable price in Ghaziabad with Tata 1mg labs. Hemoglobin is a protein found in the red blood cells and is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. When blood glucose binds to this hemoglobin, it forms glycosylated hemoglobin. 

HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) test helps monitor long-term glucose control in individuals with diabetes and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment plans. Regular monitoring of HbA1c levels with this test can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of current treatment methods, allowing your doctor to make necessary adjustments to medications or lifestyles.

What does HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) measure?

An HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) test precisely measures the percentage of sugar-coated or glycated hemoglobin in your blood. The test results represent the proportion of hemoglobin in your blood that has been glycated. 

Hemoglobin, a vital protein found in red blood cells, is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin A is the most abundant form of hemoglobin, and when blood sugar levels increase, a higher proportion of hemoglobin A becomes glycated. As red blood cells have a lifespan of approximately 120 days, the sugar molecules remain attached to the hemoglobin for the duration of the cell's life. Consequently, the HbA1c test offers insight into your average blood sugar levels over the past 8 to 12 weeks. 

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) in Ghaziabad

Frequently Asked Questions about HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) in Ghaziabad

Q. What is the full form of an HbA1c test?

The full form of an HbA1c test is a glycosylated/glycated hemoglobin test.

Q. Why is a glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test performed?

A glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test helps to measure a person's average blood sugar levels over the past 8 to 12 weeks. This test is essential for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes, assessing the effectiveness of diabetes treatment plans, and helping to prevent or manage potential complications.

Q. How often should I get an HbA1c test done?

An HbA1c test can be done as part of a routine health check-up. For individuals with diabetes, it's generally recommended to get this test done every 3 to 6 months, depending on your specific treatment plan and blood sugar control. If you have been recently diagnosed or have made significant changes to your treatment, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing.

Q. What is the best time to get an HbA1c test?

An HbA1c test can be taken at any time of the day as no special preparations are required.

Q. Can an HbA1c test be used for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Yes, an HbA1c test is suitable for monitoring blood sugar control in individuals with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This test provides valuable information to the doctor, allowing them to assess the effectiveness of treatment plans and make necessary adjustments to optimize blood sugar control.

Q. What factors can affect the accuracy of an HbA1c test?

Certain factors such as anemia, recent blood transfusions, pregnancy, or specific genetic variants can potentially affect the accuracy of an HbA1c test. If you have any concerns about the reliability of your test results, consult the doctor, who may recommend additional testing or adjustments to your treatment plan.

Q. Is there any risk associated with an Hb1Ac test?

There is usually no risk associated with this test. However, some people may feel a slight sting while the needle is pricked and may experience some bleeding that is normal and usually not bothersome. Some people may experience slight swelling or bruising at the site of the needle prick. Applying ice 3-4 times daily for about a week may help reduce swelling and bruising. If it does not get better, consult your doctor.

Q. Can my HbA1c be normal/low despite high blood sugar levels?

Yes, it is possible for someone's HbA1c level to be normal or low, despite having high blood sugar levels. This is because HBa1c is a measure of average blood sugar levels over a period of two to three months, rather than a measurement of current blood sugar levels.

Q. What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia?

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include: Excessive sweating, frequent hunger, shivering or trembling, confusion and blurring of vision

Q. What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes can be caused by various reasons. The most common risk factors for diabetes include being obese or overweight with low physical activity, having a blood relative diagnosed with diabetes, or being diagnosed with hypertension. Other reasons that can cause diabetes could be low high-density Lipoproteins or high triglyceride levels, being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Q. When can false results appear in an HbA1c test?

False results can appear in patients with hemolysis, anemia, and iron deficiency. False results may also appear in patients who have undergone blood transfusion recently.

Q. When is an HbA1c test insufficient to determine elevated blood sugar levels?

An HbA1c test cannot determine acute changes in blood glucose levels that trigger a glucose shock. It also cannot determine any recent change in blood glucose levels. The test is also insufficient to determine elevated blood sugar levels in people with variant hemoglobin like Hemoglobin S or Sickle Cell Hemoglobin since they have a lower amount of Hemoglobin A in their blood.

Q. What are the common complications of diabetes?

Diabetes causes an increase in blood sugar levels. Increased sugar levels, if not controlled, can cause severe damage to the muscles and nerves. This may give rise to a number of complications over a period of time. Some common complications of uncontrolled diabetes include heart diseases like coronary artery disease, heart attack, diabetic retinopathy (damage to the retina) which may cause blindness, diabetic neuropathy (damage to the nerves) at various parts of the body. It may also cause diabetic nephropathy (damage to the kidneys) resulting in chronic loss of kidney function and diabetic foot which can cause foot ulcers that may turn gangrenous. Apart from these, uncontrolled diabetes may also lead to other severe conditions like hearing impairment, a number of skin conditions, and may even lead to death.

Q. What other tests can be prescribed by your doctor in case of abnormal result?

Additional tests that may be prescribed to diagnose diabetes in case of abnormal results are the urine glucose test, Blood Glucose - Post prandial (PP) test, Random Blood Glucose Test, Fasting Blood Glucose Test, and Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.

Q. Can the average blood glucose value (ABG) values be same for two people?

HbA1c measurement gives an average blood sugar value for the past three months. The average blood glucose value (ABG) is a calculated parameter from the reported HbA1c value. If HbA1c is the same for two people, then ABG will automatically be the same.

Q. How is an HbA1c test different from a blood glucose test?

A blood glucose test is performed to directly measure the glucose concentration in your blood at the time of testing (single point in time). Whereas, an HbA1c test indicates the trend of your blood glucose levels over a period of time (8-12 weeks), similar to an average, by measuring the percentage of glycated hemoglobin persisting in blood.

Q. What are the benefits of lowering your HbA1c level?

A lowered HbA1c level is an indication of sustained lowered or reduced blood glucose levels over a period of time. Long-term reduced blood glucose levels in diabetic patients successfully prevent future complications of diabetes, including kidney complications, nerve damage, damage to the retina, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetic foot, among others. Research has shown that a reduction of just about 1% in HbA1c levels reduces the risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases by 45%.

Q. Is an HbA1c test available for online booking in Ghaziabad?

Yes, you can book an HbA1c test in Ghaziabad with Tata 1mg Labs. The test is easy to book, is pocket-friendly, and comes with a comprehensible report.

Q. Is home sample collection facility available for an HbA1c test in Ghaziabad?

Yes, home sample collection for an HbA1c test is readily available in Ghaziabad with Tata 1mg Labs. You can also choose a date and time that suits your schedule for sample collection.

Q. How can I schedule an HbA1c test with Tata 1mg Labs in Ghaziabad?

If you want to schedule an HbA1c test with Tata 1mg Labs in Ghaziabad, the procedure is fairly easy and hassle-free. Follow these steps to book a test: 1). Visit the Lab Tests section on the Tata 1mg website. 2). Add the test you want in the cart. 3). Pick a time and date slot according to your convenience; however, do consider the necessary prerequisites while scheduling a test. 4). You will receive a notification with all the details once the test is scheduled.

Q. What is the price of an HbA1c test in Ghaziabad?

Tata 1mg Labs is a pocket-friendly platform for booking lab tests in Ghaziabad. An HbA1c test is available at an affordable price of Rs. 299.

Q. How long does it take Tata 1mg Labs to provide the reports of an HbA1c test in Ghaziabad?

At Tata 1mg Labs, we understand the importance of timely results. We strive to provide fast turnaround times for test results, allowing you to get the information you need promptly. On average, we take 15 hours to provide the results of an HbA1c test in Ghaziabad.
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