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Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) analysers / Hemoglobin A1C analysers provide an excellent tool in the monitoring of diabetes treatment programmes.
EKF Diagnostics is a leading global manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler and supplier of HbA1c Analysers, also known as Hemoglobin A1C analysers.

Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) has gathered momentum as the preferred method for monitoring diabetes within the medical community over the last decade. The primary advantages of HbA1c tests are that diabetic patients are not required to fast before taking a test, unlike an oral glucose tolerance test and the procedure need only be carried out four times a year.
EKF Diagnostics offers two HbA1c analyzers:
Quo-Test HbA1c analyser:
A fully automatic hemoglobin A1c analyser that uses patented boronate fluorescence quenching technology to measure HbA1c from a four microlitre sample taken from a finger prick or venous blood. Sample HbA1c test results are available within four minutes and up to 7,000 patient readings can be stored on the instrument.
Quo-Lab HbA1c analyser:
EKF's HbA1c analyzer range was extended in 2012 with the launch of Quo-Lab, a semi-automatic hemoglobin A1c analyser designed specifically for clinics and situations where cost is a key factor in providing diabetes monitoring. Quo-Lab is designed for use in diabetes clinics and small laboratories and is based on the same patented technology as the Quo-Test analyser.
Both the Quo-Test and Quo-Lab HbA1c systems have successfully achieved International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) certification. IFCC Certification is a separate process to the NGSP (DCCT) certification program. The IFCC maintains the JCTLM (Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine) endorsed reference measurement procedure for HbA1c, accepted worldwide as the analytical control for traceability of HbA1c measurement. To participate in the program manufacturers are required to register and report the results of twenty four samples (two per month) from across the measurement range. The samples are supplied by an IFCC Reference Laboratory. Together with the existing NGSP certification, the IFCC award demonstrates conclusively that Quo-Test and Quo-Lab meet all of the demanding standards set by independent certifying bodies.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a non-communicable disease characterised by the body’s inability to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels due to an inability to produce or respond to a hormone called insulin.

What is glucose?
Glucose is one of the basic building blocks of our food and is the main source of energy for the body. It is found not only in the table sugar with which you sweeten your morning coffee but as a constituent in nearly all starchy foods (eg potatoes, bread, pasta) and all fruit and vegetables. Glucose is not just found in foods typically thought of as 'bad for you' such as dougnuts and chocolate. Glucose cannot be used as an energy source without the presence of insulin.

What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced in a part of the digestive system called the pancreas. Insulin regulates the uptake of glucose from the blood stream by muscles for use as an energy supply. The storage of glucose (as glycogen) by the liver is also regulated by insulin.

Consequences of diabetes
Long term exposure to high glucose levels in the blood is toxic to your tissues and organs. The inability to use glucose or store glucose due to lack of insulin or the body not responding correctly to insulin is therefore significant in terms of your health. This glucose toxicity damages blood vessels and nerves and results in damage or failure of the parts of the body supplied by those nerves and blood vessels. Parts of the body that can be affected are the heart, brain, kidneys, nerves, eyes and skin.

Type 1 Diabetes is caused by the pancreas not producing any insulin either due to the body destroying the cells that produce insulin as a result of an auto immune disease or as a result of damage to the pancreas.

Type 2 Diabetes is caused by the body not being able to produce enough insulin or the body cannot respond to the insulin it does produce.
Symptoms of diabetes
Regardless of disease type, the symptoms of diabetes are the same. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms you may have diabetes and should consult your GP, who may recommend an A1c test:
Excess urination
Minor cuts that will not heal or take a long time to heal
Constant thirst
Constant skin infections
Loss of feeling in fingers or toes
Constant tiredness
Blurred vision
Unexplained weight loss
Bleeding gums
Hemoglobin, glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c, hemoglobin A1c) and diabetes
Hemoglobin is an iron containing molecule present in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. Glucose can bind irreversibly to hemoglobin via a process known as glycation. Hemoglobin that has glucose attached is known as glycated hemoglobin, often abbreviated to HbA1c or simply A1c.

Because red blood cells have life span of 120 days (3 months) measuring the level of glycated hemoglobin in blood effectively shows the average blood glucose level for the previous 6-8 weeks. In conjunction with regular blood glucose monitoring diaries, A1c tests can aid a care provider in determining if a patient's treatment plan needs altering in any way to better control blood glucose levels.
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