Glycated haemoglobin or HbA1c is formed by the reaction of glucose with normal haemoglobin. The amount of HbA1c in red blood cells therefore increases with the average blood glucose concentration.
Poor control of blood glucose levels in diabetes increases the risk of serious complications such as cardiovascular disease, neuropathy and retinopathy.
Measurement of HbA1c is the method of choice for monitoring control of blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.
The Axis-Shield HbA1c turbidimetric immunoassay provides a highly accurate and precise method for measurement of HbA1c in whole blood on any clinical chemistry analyser with a number of convenient features.