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Understanding HbA1c Testing & Need for Urine Microalbumin Test

A laboratory sample tube of blood for hemoglobin A1C test (HbA1C) illustrates the HbA1c testing.
Anderson Team
October 6, 2023
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What is HbA1c?

HbA1c stands for Hemoglobin A1c. It's a test that gives us a snapshot of your blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months. Think of it as an "average" of your blood sugar.

The following are some prominent questions to be clarified before you proceed with HbA1c test.

  1. What is the best method to test HbA1c?
    HPLC method. Always check the method used. This will ensure consistent comparable results.
  2. Is fasting necessary?
    No HbA1c can be tested any time of the day and no fasting needed.
  3. How to know average blood sugar from HbA1c?
    Average or mean blood sugar can be estimated with the table below. This means that the blood sugar was hovering around this average mean value most of the time.

Quick Tips:

Don't Panic! One high or low result doesn't define your overall health. It's about consistent management.

  • Stay Active: Physical activity can help manage blood sugar levels.
  • Eat Right: Focus on a balanced diet with whole foods. Avoid too many sugary treats.
  • Regular Checks: Regularly monitor your daily blood sugar levels as advised.

Received an abnormal HbA1c result? It's advisable to consider a Urine Microalbumin Test to assess potential kidney complications.

Urine Microalbumin Test

Why Should You Consider a Urine Microalbumin Test?

When your HbA1c levels are abnormal, it indicates fluctuating blood sugar levels over a period of 2-3 months. One of the complications arising from inconsistent blood sugar levels is kidney damage. Here is where the urine microalbumin test steps in, helping to detect early signs of kidney damage, and enabling timely intervention.

Also Read: Blood Test A Month Keeps Health In Check!

The Connection between Urine Microalbumin and Diabetes

Diabetes can sometimes lead to kidney complications. Detecting the presence of a protein called albumin in your urine can be a strong early warning sign. Under normal circumstances, albumin is retained in your bloodstream; its presence in the urine suggests possible kidney issues.

When is the Right Time for the Test?

If you have abnormal HbA1c levels, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider about the right time to undergo the test. Typically, it is recommended annually for individuals with:

  • Type 1 diabetes for 5 or more years
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

How is the Test Conducted?

A simple urine test can provide the insights you need. Your results might fall in one of the following categories:

  • Normal: Less than 30 mg/g-indicating healthy kidney function.
  • Microalbuminuria: 30-300 mg/g a warning sign of potential kidney problems.
  • Macroalbuminuria: More than 300 mg/g pointing to significant kidney damage and necessitating immediate medical action.

Take the Necessary Steps Today

An abnormal HbA1c level is a call to action. Schedule a urine microalbumin to ensure your kidneys are functioning correctly and to take a proactive stance in your healthcare journey. Feel free to reach out to us at 044 43539444, or opt for the convenience of a home collection. Trust Anderson Diagnostics & Lab for these essential tests, because your well-being is our promise.

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