The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) blood test is given to nearly every single person living with diabetes and anyone at risk of developing diabetes. It is the preferred diagnostic tool used around the world to measure a patient’s long-term self-management of diabetes. Hundreds of millions of people each year will receive this test. Yet, despite its importance, a significant percentage of the diabetes population does not understand this test nor its results. Patients frequently confuse HbA1c blood test results with acute blood sugar readings and don’t remember their most recent lab results.
Hemoglobin (Hb) is the protein from inside red blood cells. It gives our blood its red color and transports oxygen molecules throughout the body. If exposed to elevated levels of blood glucose for too long, glucose will permanently attach to hemoglobin, a process called glycation. Since the lifespan of a red blood cell is only ~90 days, monitoring for the presence glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) provides an ideal perspective of a patient’s self-management of blood glucose metabolism. Achieving prolonged target HbA1c scores is directly related to the reduction of diabetes related complication.
Each model is custom made from high quality plastic resins by craftspeople here on the east coast. Included with each purchase is a base for the model to sit, an informational card explaining more about the protein’s function and structure. Purchase now, and receive an advanced copy of our first electronic Book: The Story of Hemoglobin: Protein from inside Red Blood Cells. due in fall 2014. This is a limited edition series, order while supplies last.