Request A Test Offers Updated Hemoglobin A1C with EAG Test

September 25, 2013

Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, is now offering an updated Hemoglobin A1C test which includes a measurement for eAG (Estimated Average Glucose).  This test is recommended by the American Diabetes Association for people with Diabetes to periodically monitor their blood sugar levels.  The addition of eAG to the Hemoglobin A1C test makes this blood test an even more useful tool for those living with Diabetes.  Request A Test allows anyone to order a Hemogloblin A1C with eAG test whenever they need to without having to first schedule a doctor’s appointment or go through an insurance company.  Request A Test also offers a wide selection of other lab tests to serve their customers’ health testing needs.  With affordable prices and 1000's of convenient lab locations across the United States, Request A Test makes it easy for everyone to take charge of their health.

Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that helps to carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.  Sugars such as glucose link up with hemoglobin molecules causing them to become glycated.  The more glucose in a person's blood, the more glycated hemoglobin molecules they will have.  A Hemoglobin A1C test provides a measurement of a person's average blood glucose levels over the past 2-3 months by determining the percentage of their hemoglobin which is glycated.  This can be very helpful for people who are monitoring their blood sugar.  Because a person's glucose levels can fluctuate on a daily basis, a regular glucose test may not be helpful in assessing their long term ability to control their blood sugar level.  For people with Diabetes, the primary goal is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.  Chronically elevated glucose levels can cause damage to organs like the kidneys, nerves, eyes, and cardiovascular system.  A Hemoglobin A1C test is typically ordered more often when a person has been recently diagnosed with Diabetes to see how well they are managing their blood sugar through lifestyle or medication.  Once an effective method of control has been found, the test is typically taken several times a year.  This test is also useful as a general health screening for people who do not have Diabetes as it can help determine if they are at risk.  Tests like the Hemoglobin A1C can also help a person's doctor to make a diagnosis if they are suspected of having diabetes due to symptoms or risk factors.  Common symptoms of elevated glucose levels can include increased thirst, increased urination, fatigue, blurred vision, and slow healing infections.  While the results for a Hemoglobin A1C test will usually include a reference range with a normal value, it is always a good idea for a person working to control their blood sugar to consult their doctor to determine what a healthy value for them will be.

A recent addition to the Hemoglobin A1C test is a value for Estimated Average Glucose or EAG.  This measurement is calculated based on a person’s A1C level and provides a number for their average daily blood sugar level.   eAG is reported in the same units a person with Diabetes would see from the glucose meter they use to measure their own blood sugar.  This measurement can give a person a more accurate assessment of how well they are managing their glucose levels because it is not based on single measurements taken at a specific time.  While a Hemoglobin A1C with eAG test should not replace regular use of a glucose meter, it is a valuable tool which can provide a better picture of how they are managing their Diabetes.

Request A Test strives to provide the most up to date testing technology for their customers.  Their test menu is continually being updated with the latest versions of tests like the Hemoglobin A1C with eAG.  This test can be found on Request A Test’s website under the Diabetes testing category.  To order a Hemoglobin A1C with eAG test or for more information about any of the lab testing services provided by Request A Test, go online to / or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak directly to a representative.

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