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Glycosylated Hemoglobin or HBA1C Test

Glycosylated Hemoglobin test, also known as HBA1C test, is one of an important blood test which shows how well your diabetes is being controlled. This test shows what a patient's average blood sugar level was for 2 to 3 months. Hemoglobin is the substance which is present inside the red blood cells and carries oxygen to the various cells. Glucose in the blood become stuck to this hemoglobin. As a result, we can say, hemoglobin has become glycosylated. More the blood sugar level of a person, more will be the glycosylated hemoglobin.

What is the Use of HbA1c Test?

This test is recommended for the following: To check the blood glucose control in people who might be pre diabetic. To monitor blood glucose control in patients with high blood sugar levels.

What is the Normal Range for Glycosylated Hemoglobin Test?

The normal range for this test for people without diabetes is between 4% and 5.6%. Person with hemoglobin A1c levels between 5.7% and 6.4% is at high risk of diabetes. Hemoglobin A1c levels of 6.5% or above clearly indicates diabetes. Higher the Hemoglobin A1c level, higher will be the risk of developing complications due to diabetes.

What is the Difference Between Blood Glucose Test and HbA1c Test?

Blood glucose test tells us the amount of glucose present in our blood at the time of test while HbA1c test tells us average blood sugar level for over a period of 2 to 3 months.

Can the Blood Sugar Tests Result in a Different Diagnosis than the HbA1c Test?

Yes, the blood sugar test may result in different diagnosis than HbA1c test. In some people, HbA1C test may indicate diabetes but a blood glucose test may not indicate diabetes, while in some people, blood glucose test may indicate diabetes and HbA1C test does not. People with this difference in these test results are mostly in an early stage of the disease.

Are the Results of Diabetes Blood Test Always Accurate?

In general, blood glucose level of a person moves up and down normally and it depends on meals, exercise, stress and sickness. Results can vary from one test to another test because each test measures the blood sugar levels in its own way. Many of these test results can even vary from day to day. The A1c test will not show any day to day changes.

How Accurate is HbA1c Test?

The results of HbA1c test can be up to 0.5% lower or higher than the actual percentage. Hence the A1c test which measured as 7.0 percent may indicate actual A1C in the range of 6.5-7.5 percent.

What is the Effect of Any Disease on HbA1c Test?

People with anemia may get inaccurate results with this test. Other diseases such as kidney disease and liver disease may affect the results of this test.

Herbal Remedies for Healthy Blood Sugar by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda provides following dietary supplements for healthy blood sugar levels in the body. "Diabeta Plus", "Ashwagandha capsules" and "Shilajit capsules". All of these three products are pure and natural. These are free from chemicals and side effects.

1. Dia-Beta Plus

The dia-beta plus capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extracts of Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae), Karela (Momordica charantia), Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga) and Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium) in it.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: For Non-insulin dependent, 2 capsules two times a day, ½ hour before meals, with plain water.
For Insulin dependent, 4-6 capsules two times a day, ½ hour before meals, with plain water.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

The Ashwagandha capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain the pure extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in it.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage : 1 - 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

3. Shilajit Capsules

The Shilajit capsules of planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of Shilajit in it.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

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