- Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) assessment for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus overcomes many practical problems associated with traditional blood glucose measurements.
- However, the test is not without limitations of which the medical practitioner needs to be aware.
- The possibility of an individual having a medical condition that interferes with the test should always be considered, even though these conditions are rare in most Australian communities.
- Appropriately used, HbA1c assessment should provide a cost-effective, efficient and simple tool for the early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
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