The hemoglobin A1C test evaluates how well you have been maintaining your blood sugar levels for the past 90 days.
Whether you’re diabetic, prediabetic, or concerned about your blood sugar, gaining a measurement of your average blood sugar levels provides valuable information. This test follows Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1C) which is glucose that is bound to the heme in your red blood cells.
Managing your blood sugar levels is a joint effort between your personal choices (like diet and exercise) and your body’s abilities. This test helps provide an overall picture of how you’ve been doing for the past 3 months.
The HbA1c Test does not require you to fast before taking it, and you can test at any time in the day. Because it’s looking at a 90-day average, you don’t need to worry if you’ve just exercised or been under a lot of stress recently. The results provide a helpful overview of how your body is regulating your blood sugar.