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what could cause a false-positive a1c?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Hemoglobin variant: Some genetic variants of hemoglobin can produce spurious high results for a1c, by some methods.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get tested for hba1c?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
Blood test: This test is done simply by taking a sample of blood and sending it to the lab. The test can be done any time of the day and without regard to food intake.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How is a hba1c percentile determined?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Directly: Hba1c is a direct measure of the % of red blood cells that are "glycated", meaning they have unusual carbohydrates stuck to them. Whatever proportion have the sugar on them, that's the %hba1c. Patients with higher average sugars stick more to their red blood cells. It's a wonderfully simple, fortunately valid, concept.
A 23-year-old member asked:

How is hba1c measured?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Blood test: Hba1c is measured following a blood test and is used as a measure to assess whether the body is not processing blood glucose properly. Thus elevation is found in diabetes mellitis this test is used to moniter effectiveness of diabetes therapy.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to quickly decrease my hba1c levels?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Sure!: Diet, exercise, proper treatment and possibly the most effective way other than the above still remains insulin.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
The best way to lower HbA1c is get blood sugars under good control
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hba1a, hba1b, and hba1c?

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Dr. Jennie Law
Endocrinology 14 years experience
Nothing: Never heard of hba1a, or hba1b..But there are many ways of saying 'hemoglobin a1c, ' such as a1c, hba1c, hbga1c...

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