How Can A1c Testing Help?
- Immediate, face-to-face counseling about A1c results may help motivate patients to follow through with physician recommendations.
- Patients who get immediate feedbackmay lower their A1c by up to 1%.1,2
- Lowering A1c levels reduces the risks of long term complications.
- For every 1% reduction in A1c, the risk of developing eye, kidney and nerve disease is reduced by 40%.
HBA1c Testing Motivates Patients to Change!
An A1c higher than 7% is a warning sign that your patient's diabetes is out of control and may increase their risk of developing complications3. If their A1c is high, you can change their diabetes plan to help control their blood sugar better.
Changes in their plan are expected from time to time and will help bring their A1c closer to normal. When your patients' A1c is closer to normal (4-6%) you know that you are doing all you can to help them stay healthy.
Research shows that good blood sugar control does lower their risk of developing major related health problems including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye disease, nerve damage, amputations and circulation problems. By helping keep your patients' blood sugar close to normal, you can stop or delay the damage high blood sugar does to blood vessels and nerves.
Controlling Diabetes is KEY to Keeping Your Patients Healthy
Keeping diabetes under control is key to keeping patients healthy. They're probably already self-monitoring sugar levels as part of their diabetes management plan in order to track blood sugar levels is at any particular time, which is very helpful. However, that alone does not give your patients the most complete picture.
The A1c Test Allows Patients to See How Good Their Diabetes Control Really Is
Did you know?
By checking their A1c results patients can improve their glycemic control by up to 1 full point!
Convert patients' A1c number to their eAG (Average blood glucose)
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A1c Tests Show AVERAGE BLOOD SUGAR For The Past 2-3 Months
What is A1c?
Hemoglobin is a protein inside red blood cells. It is the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Hemoglobin also carries sugar, because sugars can stick to all kinds of protein in the body.
Once sugar sticks to hemoglobin it is stuck there for the life of the red blood cell, about 3-4 months. The more sugar there is in the blood, the more will end up stuck to the hemoglobin, which increases the A1c level. A1c is a measure of how much sugar is stuck to the hemoglobin.
The A1c reading tells you and your patients what their average blood sugar level has been for the past 2 to 3 months. If there is a lot of sugar in their blood and the average blood sugar has been high for the past few months, then their A1c will be high. The A1c test allows you to see overall how good your patients' control has been.