Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that checks your child's average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months. This test also is called a glycohemoglobin test or an A1c test.
The A1c test is done to check how well your child's diabetes has been controlled over the past 2 to 3 months. Your child's doctor can use this information to adjust your child's medicine and diabetes treatment, if needed.
Your child does not need to stop eating before the A1c test. This test can be done at any time during the day, even after a meal.
The health professional taking a sample of your child's blood will:
The test result is usually given as a percentage. Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association) recommends:
The A1c test result also can be used to find your child's estimated average glucose, or eAG. The eAG and A1c show the same thing in two different ways. They both help you learn more about your child's average blood sugar range over the past 2 to 3 months.
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Current as of: May 23, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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