What are the advantages of HbA1c testing over glucose measurement for the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The committee noted the improvement in standardization and cited the following advantages of HbA1c testing over glucose measurement:

  • Ability to capture long-term glucose exposure

  • Less biologic variability

  • No requirement for fasting or timed samples

  • Current use in guiding management decisions


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