What is HbA1c?
HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) is a measure that clinicians use to get an overall picture of what average blood glucose (sugar) levels have been over a period of 2-3 months.
This is useful as an early indicator of someone who may be likely to develop pre-diabetes or diabetes.
It is also a way to highlight those with diabetes that have a greater risk of developing diabetes-related complications such as eye problems, kidney disease, and nerve damage.
What are the common symptoms of diabetes?
Possible symptoms of raised HbA1c levels over a long period of time can include:
- blurred vision
- cuts or sores, which take a long time to heal
- itching skin or yeast infections
- excessive thirst
- dry mouth
- frequent urination
- leg pain
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.
How to test your HbA1c levels?
Diabetes HbA1c Test
Quickly and easily check your HbA1c levels from the comfort of your own home with our HbA1c blood test. Measuring your blood glucose level over the previous 2-3 months can help to show if you have elevated levels which increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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How can you make lifestyle changes to improve your HbA1c levels?
Dietary and lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes through lowering high HbA1c levels. Try some of the following steps to improve the overall quality of your diet and reduce your risk.
- Choose healthier carbohydrates such as whole-grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits
- Exercise more frequently
- Cut down on added sugar which is often added to a variety of products such as cordials, fizzy drinks, confectionery, cakes, biscuits, bread, pre-packaged food and hot drinks like tea and coffee
- Adding more fibre and in particular soluble fibre can help with blood sugar control, reducing cholesterol and keeping your gut healthy
What our experts say
Dr Gareth James
GP & Medical Director
“This test has revolutionised how we diagnose and treat Diabetes in the last few years. The test shows how coated with sugar your red blood cells are, giving you a record of what your average blood sugar levels have been over the last 3 months.
The higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications (like serious problems with your eyes and feet). Not only that, but this test shows us who is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next few years. Once identified people can then make positive changes in their lifestyle (dietary and increase exercise) to prevent themselves becoming a diabetic.”
Dip ION mBANT mCNHC
Head of Wellbeing Services
“With pre-diabetes on the rise and research now showing that type 2 diabetes can be put into remission through diet and lifestyle if caught at the right time easy testing is a huge win.”
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Frequently asked questions
What is the normal HbA1c level?
The American Diabetes Association categorises HbA1c levels as: Normal: <42 mmol/mol, or below 6%, Prediabetes: 42-47 mmol/mol, or 6-6.4%, Diabetes: 48 mmol/mol, or 6.5%
What is a HbA1c blood test?
HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) is a measurement that clinicians use to get an overall picture of what average blood glucose (sugar) levels have been over a period of 2-3 months. This is useful as an early indicator of someone who may be likely to develop pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Is HbA1c testing suitable for everyone?
HbA1C testing is not suitable for everyone. We do not recommend HbA1c testing if any of the following apply to you: You have anaemia, you have had your spleen removed, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have a blood borne disorder