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Glycated hemoglobin - HbA1c

Glycated hemoglobin is also called glycosylated hemoglobin, or Hb1Ac. Behind these names and barbaric registration, lies the best way to monitor his blood sugar, his glycemic balance, over a period of several months. Three months, exactly.

It is thanks to the glycated hemoglobin that one can - when one suffers from diabetes - evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments and to correct them, to adapt them as necessary. So how is it going ? How to use it? We will explain everything to you.

What's the point ?

When one is diabetic, regular control of blood glucose is absolutely essential. This is the only way to adapt and find the best treatment. However, if we were satisfied with the daily blood glucose, it would be necessary to make the calculation, with each measurement, to determine approximately the glycemic equilibrium over a longer period and thus to establish an average (to note that computer programs allow to do so, by entering the results of his daily glycemic checks).

Biologists have therefore found a way to calculate the average level of glucose in the blood, thanks to the glycated hemoglobin that was formerly called glycosylated hemoglobin.

Diabetes: 10 things to know!

Read also :

> Blood group: ABO system, Rh factor ...
> Karyotype: what is it for?
> White blood cells (leucocytes)
> Red blood cells (red blood cells)

Author: Sylvie Charbonnier
Expert consultant: Dr. Claude Colas, diabetologist.

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