What is glycorelated haemogram?
Firstly, the test is Glycosylated Haemoglobin (Hb A1c). In Diabetes, the Haemoglobin (Hb) in the blood may get glycated, hence showing the extent of diabetic control in the patient, i.e., the lower the glycated Hb, the better the control. Further, the Hb which is glycated remains in the blood for as long as the life of the hb, hence creating almost like a 3 Month Record of the Diabetic Control in the patient, as against the regular Blood Sugar (Glucose) test which is a measurement of the glucose in the blood for that given time. Hence, the test should be done by diabetics every 3-4 months to track the extent of diabetic control. Measurment: The gold standard method to measure Hb A1c is by High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). The machine (almost like a haemotology cell counter) measures the glycated haemglobin, which gives a percentage of the total haemoglobin which is glycated. Normal Values (Reference Range): Less than 6%: Non-Diabetic Level, 6-7% : Good Control, > 8%:Action Suggested