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What is the A1C test?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Blood sugar

This is a test primarily of your blood sugar.
In particular a surrogate for your three month average.

In brief: Blood sugar

This is a test primarily of your blood sugar.
In particular a surrogate for your three month average.
Dr. Stephen Southard
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
You only need to continue your A1c until you are confident that your A1c levels are normal. If the A1c is higher you need to see your doctor to optimize your A1c with medications and diet.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: A1c

It would be best for you to go online and look up A1c.
You will learn a lot but in short it is a measure of the control of diabetes. It is a laboratory test but many endocrinologists have that test available in their office.

In brief: A1c

It would be best for you to go online and look up A1c.
You will learn a lot but in short it is a measure of the control of diabetes. It is a laboratory test but many endocrinologists have that test available in their office.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Diabetic measure.

The HgbA1C is a measure reflective of your degree of diabetic control in the long term. It essentially represents a three month average of your fingersticks, as if you took a fingerstick every minute, night and day, eating and fasting, for three months straight and then averaged them all.
Technically, it's the percentage of red blood cells that have glucose attached to them.

In brief: Diabetic measure.

The HgbA1C is a measure reflective of your degree of diabetic control in the long term. It essentially represents a three month average of your fingersticks, as if you took a fingerstick every minute, night and day, eating and fasting, for three months straight and then averaged them all.
Technically, it's the percentage of red blood cells that have glucose attached to them.
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