Review of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), glycated albumin (GA), and GA/HbA1c ratio as glycemic indicators
April 27, 2017
A recent review article in Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences analyzes glycemic control indicators such as hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), glycated albumin (GA), and GA/HbA1c ratio. This article concludes that it is important to be able to select an appropriate glycated protein depending on each patient’s health status. Reports indicate that HbA1c is not always a suitable glycemic indicator even though it “is one of the most important diagnostic factors for diabetes” Consequently, proteins such as GA that are not limited by the influence of changes in the lifespan of erythrocytes may be able to bridge the gap in diabetes diagnostics.