An A1c test is key if you have diabetes, or if you doctor thinks you might have a chance of getting it. It's a common blood test that gives information about your blood sugar.
It’s the main way to find out if someone has diabetes and how they’re managing it. You might hear it called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test.
Your red blood cells have something called hemoglobin that carries oxygen from your lungs to cells all over your body. Glucose goes into your red blood cells and coats molecules of hemoglobin. The more glucose you have in your blood, the more coated hemoglobin molecules you have.
The A1c test measures how much of your hemoglobin is coated with sugar. The higher your level, the greater your chance for problems down the road. It means your blood sugar control plan isn't working at its best.
Your doctor probably will have you take the A1c as soon as you’re diagnosed with diabetes. You’ll also have the test if they think you may get diabetes. The test will set a baseline level so you can see how well you’re controlling your blood sugar.
Physicians at Winter Park Family Physicians will order these A1c tests and do counseling to educate patients regarding the acute and chronic complications of diabetes.
Studies have confirmed that the complications of diabetes can be reduced by proper control of blood glucose. The proper control is dependent on the patient's adherence to medications, life style modifications, frequent monitoring of blood glucose, etc and can be influenced by proper education and counseling of the patient.
If you're diagnosed with diabetes aftet A1c testing, your doctor or health care provider may do other tests to distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes — since the two conditions often require different treatments and medications.
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Diabetes, if untreated, can lead to various complications such as neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, hyperlipidema, diabetic foot ulcers, infections, etc. These complications adversely affect the quality of life of the patient. Quality of life is a multidimensional concept referring to a person's total well being, including his or her psychological, social, and physical health status. It is also well established that patient counseling improves the quality of life of the diabetic patients.
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