HbA1c tests may identify individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who are at risk for heart problems
Many people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes know that they have to take measures to promote good heart health since the metabolic disorder is known to increase one's risk of experiencing an adverse cardiovascular event.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that diabetics have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, compared to the general population. In fact, individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes experience these problems two times more often than non-diabetics.
Furthermore, the organization explains that two out of every three people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes die from either a heart attack or stroke.
Due to these worrisome statistics, diabetics are often instructed to practice diligent diabetes management in order to reduce the negative effects of high blood sugar levels on their overall well-being.
A recent study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine indicated that HbA1c tests may be a useful tool for predicting diabetics' risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The research involved about 36,000 individuals, less than 1,300 of whom had type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes at the onset of the investigation.
The study's results showed that using patients' HbA1c test results helped increase the accuracy of their cardiovascular disease risk prediction, especially among those who were in the lower-risk groups.
The ADA explains that HbA1c tests measure average blood glucose levels over the previous three months, as opposed to blood glucose monitors that only account for the amount of blood sugar in a person's system at a given moment.
The organization recommends that individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes seek this type of screening at least two times annually.