Diabetes (HbA1c) Blood Test
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Diabetes (1 Biomarker)
Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high. This Glycosylated HB (HbA1c) blood test measures the amount of sugar that is attached to the haemoglobin in red blood cells, with results given as a percentage. Because red blood cells live in the bloodstream for about three months, the HbA1c test shows the average blood sugar for the past few months. Unlike a regular blood sugar test, the HbA1c test is not affected by short-term changes (e.g. a recent sugary snack). So even though you may have had high blood sugar on occasion, a good HbA1c result can show that, overall, you are doing a good job of controlling your blood sugar levels. If your HbA1c result is high, it could mean that you have pre-diabetes or diabetes.
In its early stages type 2 diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes. It is strongly associated with obesity as well as poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Losing weight through a calorie restricted diet has been shown to bring blood sugar back down to normal levels. An HbA1c diabetes check can help you know whether you need to be acting to improve your risk factors now.
Why take this test?
- You have diabetes and wish to monitor your condition
- You want a general check of your diabetes risk
- You are experiencing diabetes symptoms and want to investigate further
- You are taking steps to change your lifestyle and you want to see the impact on your diabetes risk
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of your results
One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.
Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.
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