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Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes

Susan November 8, 2012 Diabetes Comments Off on Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes
Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes

First, take the Inherited Health Conditions test.

If one or both of your parents has diabetes, consider an A1C test.

What’s an A1C test?

The most accurate test of blood glucose is the A1C test.  This blood test is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes—and to gauge how well you’re controlling diabetes.

What does the test include?

The HealthCheckUSA diabetes management test involves a small blood draw by a qualified lab technician. For the most accurate results, fast for at least 10 hours before taking the test.

The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar ( or “glycated”). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control. And if you have previously diagnosed diabetes, the higher the A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

Typically, an A1C level of 7% or more means you are at greater risk for developing diabetes symptoms. If your results show abnormally high blood sugar levels, see your doctor for further evaluation.

 

 

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