HbA1C Measurements and SBMG for Diabetes Management


Two scientific advancements have brought about a sea change in the monitoring and management of diabetes.

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1. HbA1C Measurements: Red blood cells recycle every 120 days. This diabetes monitoring test gives an accurate assessment of the glucose admixture in blood over the past 120 days (4 months), measuring the amount of glucose mixed with the hemoglobin in blood. Levels of less than 7% (6.5% according to some experts) indicate good control and a low chance of complications of diabetes.

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2. SMBG (Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose) measurements (also known as home blood glucose monitoring): With the advent of extremely accurate machines that measure capillary blood glucose from the patients’ finger tip blood sample, diabetes management has been revolutionized. As a patient you can now regularly perform a daily profile of your own blood glucose parameters with a large degree of accuracy. Properly educated on the use of medication, many patients have become much more aware of their condition and are empowered to manage their diabetes a lot better at home. In addition, the finger prick testing is much less cumbersome, more convenient, and also entails significantly less blood loss for the patient.

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