Glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and diabetes: A new era?

Department of Clinical Biochemistry (Vascular Disease Prevention Clinics), Royal Free Hospital campus, University College London Medical School, University College London (UCL) , London , UK.
Current Medical Research and Opinion (Impact Factor: 2.65). 09/2011; 27 Suppl 3(S3):7-11. DOI: 10.1185/03007995.2011.618179
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Abstract In January 2011 the American Diabetes Association (ADA) published the latest guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM)(1,2). Despite some controversies, glycated hemoglobin A(1c) (HbA(1c)), an established marker of long-term glycemia traditionally used to assess the quality of DM management, remained an independent criterion for the diagnosis of DM, and indeed now appears to be well established in the USA. This has far-reaching implications for clinical practice worldwide.

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