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Hemoglobin A1c Test - $35.00

Your sugar metabolism plays a major role in regulating your body’s use of energy. Diabetes is a common disorder of sugar metabolism, caused by defects in the action or production of insulin. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes can help prevent complications ranging from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, nervous system damage and blindness.

The Diabetes Screen consists of a glucose level, which provides a snapshot view of your body’s sugar management and hemoglobin A1c, which provides a record of your average blood glucose levels over the last two to three months. The fasting glucose level is the established screening test for diabetes. Hemoglobin A1c, which does not require fasting, is a test that is used to monitor glucose control among people treated for diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recommends the use of screening tests to identify those who might benefit from additional testing. Repeated measurements of your glucose and the results of other tests are needed to support a diagnosis of diabetes.

The lab report provides a blood glucose level and a hemoglobin A1c level, both with reference ranges. A high level suggests that you should be evaluated by your healthcare provider for diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, increased urination, tiredness, blurry vision, and dry itchy skin. Other conditions that can elevate your glucose levels include pancreatitis, kidney failure or stress from surgery or trauma. Medications including steroids can also contribute to high blood glucose .

If either your glucose or hemoglobin A1c levels are above the reference range, this suggests that you should discuss the status of your sugar metabolism with your health-care provider.