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Glucose is a carbohydrate found in the blood and is an important and necessary energy source for your body tissues and brain. Too much glucose circulating in your blood stream over time can cause damage to blood vessels and organ tissues. The Hemoglobin A1c is a simple finger-stick blood test that reflects your average blood glucose over the past three months. Since glucose is transported into your cells by insulin, if you develop a condition known as insulin resistance, this transport becomes less effective and over time your average blood glucose will increase and HbA1c will rise.
HbA1c is used primarily as a marker of blood sugar control, but it can also be used as a marker of the activation of AMPK. AMPK is the master switch of metabolism that controls your ability to repair damaged tissue. Hyperglycemia, or high levels of circulating blood glucose, is a primary inhibitor of AMPK activity. Elevated HbA1c can be reduced and managed through the appropriate dietary program that includes following the Zone Diet coupled with omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols. Each of these dietary interventions results in the activation of AMPK which is your master regulator of cellular metabolism which controls the uptake of glucose from the blood into its target cells. You can expect to see changes in your HbA1c level when you retest in 3 months after making significant dietary changes that get you closer to the Zone.
1. Collect Sample: Follow the step-by-step instructions to collect your sample. 2. Mail Sample: Put your sample in the return envelope and drop iti in the mail. 3. Get Results: in 2-3 weeks you will get your personalized results by email. 4. Modify Diet: Use recommendations included with your results to modify diet. Notes:Test available in U.S. and internationally. However, New York state law prohibits the distribution of blood testing kits from Zone Labs. Therefore we are unable to process Internet orders from customers in New York at this time.Due to safety standards associated with medical products, the Zone Labs HbA1c Test Kit is exempt from our 30-day return policy.
What is the Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Blood Test?Glucose is a critical energy source for every organ in the body, especially the brain. However, if the glucose circulating in your bloodstream remains elevated over time, this excess glucose can cause damage to blood vessels and organ tissues. Your average long-term blood glucose levels are measured by a simple finger-stick blood test known as hemoglobin A1c. This is the primary test used to determine if you are developing diabetes or the extent of your existing diabetes, as it reflects your average blood glucose over the past three months.Does the HbA1c Blood Test Measure Only Blood Sugar?HbA1c is used primarily as a marker of blood sugar control, but it can also be used as a surrogate marker of the activation of AMPK. AMPK is the master switch of metabolism that controls your ability to repair damaged tissue. A pro-inflammatory diet inhibits AMPK activity. If AMPK activity is decreased, the cell cannot remove glucose ...
Questions & Answers
What do you do if your HbA1c is below 4.9? Is that still good?
For optimal health, you need to keep HbA1c in a zone. For example, if your HbA1c level is less than 4.9%, you may not have enough glucose in the blood to maintain optimal glucose levels for the brain, and mental fatigue will be likely.
Is there a difference between doing a finger-stick blood test versus a venous puncture to measure HbA1c?
A venous puncture to obtain the blood needed for the test will usually have a 0.1 percent lower HbA1c readout than the blood taken from a finger stick.
How Does the Blood Test Process Work?
The process for this test is very similar to our Cellular Inflammation Blood Test if you are familiar with that. The kit arrives at your door; you register your sample, do the finger stick test, and put it in the mail. Within 1-2 weeks, your results will be in your e-mail inbox. The difference between the two tests is that the HbA1c requires three total drops of blood to be analyzed, whereas the AA/EPA test only requires one.
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