The Department of Health announced that HbA1c levels will be measured in millimoles per mol, as well as by percentage. The measure is particularly key for diabetes diagnosis and management .
The DoH is enacting a call from the IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine ) for every country to adopt a standard measurement, making it easier to compare HbA1c between different international laboratories.
The National Clinical Director for Diabetes, Dr. Rowan Hillso, reportedly commented: “It is really important that people with diabetes keep their blood glucose levels under good control. Controlling the glucose in a way that is safe and appropriate for each person reduces the risk of diabetic tissue damage. People with diabetes need HbA1c blood tests to check their glucose is under good control. This necessary change in the way that HbA1c is reported is being introduced in a way that allows plenty of time for us all to get used to it.”

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