Hemoglobin A1c


[hbA1C, A1C] – A measure of average blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels averaged over the last 2 to 3 months. Medical professionals often use this test in combination with others to diagnose risk of diabetes.

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Description: Measures levels of hemoglobin, a protein on red blood cells, that have become glycated. Generally considered to give a 3-month average of glucose (blood sugar) levels in the body, although this may be influenced by factors such as red blood cell lifespan.

Turnaround time: Expected turnaround is within one day, although this may vary depending on other tests ordered for the same blood draw, and expected variation with testing times.

Also known as:

  • Glycated Hemoglobin
  • HbA1c