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Re: [IPk] HbA1c backtrack

Hi Mandy,

I've just looked up some references and come across one from the _Journal of 
the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry_, 
http://www.ejifcc.org/ejifcc/vol13no5/1305200217n.htm .  Also, the Weston 
Diabetes Centre in North Somerset reports 
http://www.westondiabetes.org.uk/results.htm#Glycosylated%20Haemoglobin . A 
scientist friend has forwarded to me 
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/diabetes/faq/part2/section-9.html . I'd be 
interested to hear what your inssays.

It looks to me like there's a change a-comin'...I won't be too surprised if 
in 7-10 years the theory that's stood since 1968 about HbA1c results 
reflecting bgs for the previous 90 days gets overturned...! Now to attack 
the Boots-branded 'Living with diabetes' leaflet that I picked up from Boots 
in Oxford yesterday. Updated in July 2002, it says in a patient profile text 
box that a 13 year-old with type 1 who was diagnosed in January 2002, taking 
3 injections per day, needs to test his blood sugar 'almost two blood tests 
most days'. Try 2 *times* that and we're nearly there. Thank you, Karen, for 
your inspirational efforts to correct the BBC News website!

All best,


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Subject: Re: [IPk] HbA1c backtrack
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 08:07:38 EDT

Hi Melissa,
I've always been led to believe that Hba1c's covered 3 months, this was also
confirmed in uni a week ago (we were discussing blood tests).  It takes
information from the red blood cells, which have a life span of 120 days.

Mandy xx

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