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Hemoglobin A1c and the Estimated Average Glucose



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Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

Slide 9

July 2009

Hemoglobin A1c is another important analyte for monitoring the progress of a diabetic over time.  Adult hemoglobin is comprised mainly of hemoglobin A, and to a lesser extent hemoglobin A2 and fetal hemoglobin in hematologically normal individuals.  Hemoglobin A1c should not be confused with hemoglobin A1, as hemoglobin A1 consists of hemoglobin A1a, A1b and A1c; however, hemoglobin A1c makes up approximately 80% of hemoglobin A1.  Hemoglobin A1c is also referred to as glycated hemoglobin, glycohemoglobins, and fast hemoglobin, due to its migration pattern on electrophoresis.

Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

 


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