Type 2 Diabetes
If you don’t know what the HbA1c test is, read on!
An HbA1c test is a test to detect Type 2 diabetes. The test measures long-term blood glucose levels.
Until recently the HbA1c test was only used for monitoring diabetes but it is now recommended for diagnosing Type 2 diabetes.
An estimated 500,000 Australians have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
People can have Type 2 diabetes for up to seven years with no symptoms, but during this time it is doing damage to the body.
There is a questionnaire that you can ask your GP about. If you get a high score on this questionnaire, an HbA1c test is a good idea.
With early detection, diabetes is at its most treatable as well as being at its most affordable to treat.