The terms A1C and blood sugar are frequently used when talking about diabetes. But what is the difference between A1C and blood sugar, and how do they relate?
Diabetes can be diagnosed in a number of ways. In fact, there are 4 different tests that can be done to diagnose diabetes, as recommended by the Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines.
An A1C (short for ‘glycated hemoglobin’) test is a measure of your blood glucose levels over the past three months. To do an A1C test, your healthcare team takes a sample of your blood, which is then sent to a laboratory.