Hemoglobin A1C

HbA1C · Glycated Hemoglobin · Glycosylated Hemoglobin · Diabetic Control Index · A1C

During the test

The HbA1C test involves taking a blood sample, which generally takes a few minutes.

A nurse ties a wide elastic band around your upper arm to help locate the vein. The nurse will use alcohol to disinfect the area and then insert a needle into the skin. You might feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted. After the blood is collected, the needle is removed and the blood sample is sent to the laboratory. A cotton ball can be used to stop any mild bleeding and a nurse may place a bandage over the needle site.

After the test

It is normal to feel these side effects after this test:

  • tenderness or bruising at the injection site
  • throbbing in your arm

Ask your doctor when you can expect your test results to be made available. HbA1C is reported as a percentage and it is generally ideal to have an HbA1C value of less than 7%. However, this target varies based on a number of factors, and you should ask your doctor what your target level should be.

Previous Page

The contents of this health site are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition.

Email Bookmark Feedback Add to del.icio.us Print
We recommend the following articles

Nutrition and exercise to control diabetes

You can help control diabetes with smart food choices and adequate physical activity... more >>


Cancel OK