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HbA1c: What's in a name? And how can I remember it?

Remembering the name of the diabetes blood test is a challenge, says Jane Bates
HbA1c blood test

Remembering the name of the diabetes blood test is a challenge, says Jane Bates

‘I’ve just had that blood test for diabetes,’ said my patient.

‘Yes,’ I replied. ‘The Hb, um… the Hb er…’

I had to admit that I can never remember what it’s called - I know all about it, but the name won’t stay in my head.

Password

Working with patients with diabetes, I really should remember it is the HbA1c. But look at it – at first glance you would think it was a password, with the number and letters and mixture of cases, and I am no good at remembering passwords.

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