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What is HbA1c?

What is HbA1c?

The HbA1c test is a type of blood test for people with diabetes which measures average blood sugar (glucose) over 2-3 months.

It gives a longer term view of your blood sugar levels compared to a finger prick test (how much sugar is in your blood right now).

Checking your blood sugar levels regularly may help you get closer to your HbA1c target.

HbA1c doesn't tell the whole story

Research has shown a link between lower HbA1c levels and a reduced risk of long-term health complications.

A lower HbA1c level could lower the risk of:

  • Vision problems
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve damage

Ways to get your HbA1c in range

  • Check your own blood sugar regularly as advised by your Healthcare Professional.
  • Follow a recommended meal & regular exercise plan.
  • Take medications as your doctor prescribes.
  • Most people with diabetes have an HbA1c check at least twice a year - your Healthcare Professional will tell you how often you need to have yours.

Managing diabetes can be tough, but following a plan can help you stay in range and feel great.

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10 June 2019