Type 2 diabetes has become a big problem today due to lifestyle choices. The management of diabetes can be a numbers game that involves calorie counting and blood sugar checks.
- The A1C is the most important measurement to monitor in the management of type 2 diabetes.
- A1C tests measure the percentage of your hemoglobin that is glycated — to help determine your blood sugar control. Glucose in the bloodstream coats hemoglobin with sugar, a process called glycation
- The A1C results are a better measurement that reflects the long-term management of blood sugar levels.
The A1C test also reduces the risk of error associated with blood sugar self-monitoring. “People sometimes use glucose monitors inaccurately or incorrectly,” says Derek LeRoith, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, and bone disease.
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