Why might I need a glycosylated hemoglobin test?

For diabetes. Individuals may take the hemoglobin test to check if they have diabetes or not. People with diabetes may take the test to understand how well their condition is being controlled. The test gives you an idea of how high your sugar level been the past three months. If you feel the need to have the test, you may visit your doctor to determine if ordering the test is appropriate for you.
Sweetness . Aka hemoglobin a1c, is the most specific and sensitive test widely available to detect not only diabetes, but also how well or not controlled it is. There are other research level labs being looked at, a we are trying to figure out as early as possible who is pre diabetic, so we can aggressively go after your risks. Diet, exercise, are still the mainstay of treatment. Fda has not approved meds.

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Why is GTT used to determine sugar issues rather than glycosylated hemoglobin test? Seems the latter would be better at predicting diabetes/low sugar.

Good question. The glycosylated hemoglobin is not always diagnostic of diabetes. Certain conditions or drugs can affect the level of glycosylated hemoglobin. In those situations, glucose tolerance test would be better in diagnosing dm. Read more...