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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A1C Test and Calculator

For those of you that are diabetic, you know that an A1C test* provides a long-term look at blood sugar control.  This should also be included in anyone's blood panel in their yearly exam.
If you are diabetic and it's going to be awhile before your next blood tests, you can see how an A1C test result correlates to average daily blood sugar or the other way around.
To do this you enter your average blood sugar reading or your latest A1C result and click Calculate.
Here is the link:

*What is A1C?
Your A1C test measures your average blood sugar levels by taking a sample of hemoglobin A1C cells—a specific component of your red blood cells.
Some blood sugar (or glucose) naturally attaches itself to A1C cells as they move through your bloodstream. When this happens, the cell is considered "glycated." The more sugar in your blood, the higher the percentage of glycated A1C cells you'll have.

Once a cell has been glycated, it stays that way. And since each A1C cell has a lifespan of about 4 months, your A1C sample will include cells that are a few days, a few weeks and a few months old. As a result, the test covers a span of about 2 to 3 months.


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