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Featured: Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C)

Hemoglobin A1C evaluates long-term blood sugar control. Serum glucose sometimes reacts with important proteins in the body rendering them nonfunctional. This process is called glycation. Hemoglobin A1C is a reflection of this detrimental reaction.

Doctors often follow this blood test in diabetics to monitor disease progression and the effects of treatment. However, because glycation is one of the leading theories of aging, Life Extension® believes everyone should check their A1C level.

This test does not require fasting. Take all prescription medications as prescribed … but do not take your supplements the morning of the test.

Transcript: Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C)

Hi, I’m Dr. Tennoy Vaidyan, a health advisor here at Life Extension and I am here today to speak to you about a very simple blood test that addresses an epidemic that has been growing larger with every passing year – diabetes.

You might be surprised to learn that 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. That’s over 8% of our population. But did you know that close to 80 million people have pre-diabetes and most don’t even know it!

Those are frightening statistics. So how can you know if you are at risk?

Well, it’s actually easier than most people think. There is a very simple test that helps assess one’s relative risk for blood sugar issues … and it is offered right here through Life Extension!  It is called Hemoglobin A1C.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it. But what exactly is it?

Here’s a little bit of background information.

Hemoglobin is a protein found in your red blood cells and glucose is a type of sugar which provides energy for your body.

When too much glucose is in your bloodstream, it cross-links to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This cross-linking of a sugar and protein molecule is called glycation (not a desirable reaction) and the glycated hemoglobin is now called A1C.

Now we need to have a general understanding as to how HbA1C works…

Suppose your blood sugar was high last week.

What happened? Well, more glucose linked to your hemoglobin.

This week you’ve been “good” and your glucose is under control.

BUT ... your red blood cells still carry the "memory" of last week's high glucose in the form of A1C.

However, these memories change as old red blood cells in your body are replaced with new ones.

So ... in simple terms ... the amount of A1C in your blood reflects blood sugar control for the past 3-4 months ... the life of your red blood cells. It is different from a glucose reading, because that is just a single snapshot in time.  But what is unique and great about the A1c blood test is that it looks at how your glucose has been doing over this 3-4 month time period.  That is powerful and helpful information.

Now, you might be saying  ...  I’m not a diabetic. How does this test benefit me?

And that’s a great question! So let me use myself as an example.

I am overweight, and being overweight predisposes me to insulin resistance – a phenomenon that is known to cause elevations in blood sugar. I also have aunts and uncles who are diabetic and therefore I have a potential genetic risk for the disease.

Now, you might say that neither weight nor family history applies to you. So let me just say that this same simple blood test also helps identify age-accelerating glycation reactions in your body!

It’s an incredible test for anyone who wants to guard against the destructive glycation process implicated in premature aging and disease. From wrinkles to vascular damage to Alzheimer’s disease, glycated proteins and fats age the human body faster than nature intended.

So remember ... keep your glucose under control ... maintain HbA1C levels close to or even less than 5% and you will be making changes that can contribute to a long and healthy life.

In summary, this is a fantastic test that is far more informative than your standard fasting blood glucose. And another bonus ... when ordered through Life Extension, the test results are sent directly to you and can be reviewed with one of our Health Advisors. They will arm you with the information necessary to fully understand your results ... PLUS you will know how to have a meaningful discussion with your own doctor.

We urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity and order your Hemoglobin A1C test today!