You may have heard of the A1C test, but do you know what it is or why so many healthcare practitioners rely on it? Essentially, the A1C test is highly important for anyone that lives with diabetes or is at risk of developing the disease.
Moreover, it’s a test that measures blood sugar levels, and while there are other tests that do that, the value of the A1C is that it creates an average blood sugar level for the two to three months prior to the test. Essentially, this helps create a bigger picture of the patient’s all-around health in relation to their blood sugar levels.
The test can also help determine what percentage of the patient’s hemoglobin proteins are coated with sugar.
In this blog, we’re going to run through three applications of the A1C test.
There are some people who are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. People who fall into this category are often told that they have “prediabetes,” which means that it’s likely that they’ll develop diabetes at some point in their lifetimes.
Through regular A1C testing, doctors can determine whether the disease has developed, or if it’s more likely than it was the previous time that they took the test.
Diagnosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
To correctly diagnose diabetes, doctors typically have to rely on several tests. The A1C test forms a significant part of the diagnosis. They’ll ask for you to take two tests on different days; this will either be two A1C tests or one A1C test and a different type of diabetes test.
If the results are negative for diabetes, then they’ll recommend that you have more tests in the future. If the result is positive for diabetes, then they’ll recommend a treatment plan. As with all diseases, it’s important to take control of the disease via a treatment plan as early as possible.
Improve the Treatment Plan
While it’s possible that the first diabetes treatment plan will be effective at managing the disease, it’s not something that is left up to chance. At the beginning of the treatment, your doctor will use the A1C test to establish the baseline A1C level for you specifically.
From there, they’ll regularly perform these types of tests to make sure that you’re not deviating from that level. If you are, then you’ll likely continue with your treatment plan. If you’re not, then the treatment plan will need to be modified. Tests will be performed until a concrete treatment plan is in place.
As we’ve seen, there’s a lot of value in this type of test. Working with your primary care physician, the test will be able to give you a clear picture of the state of your blood sugar levels, both currently and in the recent past.
If you are looking for a PCP that can perform an A1C test for you, then you have come to the right place! PCP For Life has physicians who can help you through your journey of controlling your sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about what we can do to help or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 281-968-4096.