People of age groups 46-60, 61 to 85 years have most cases of uncontrolled blood sugar: Report

People of age groups 46-60, 61 to 85 years have most cases of uncontrolled blood sugar: Report

New Delhi, People of age groups 46 to 60 and 61 to 85 years have the most cases of uncontrolled blood sugar (HbA1c ≥6.5 per cent), says a data analytics report. Across the age groups except 16-30 years, there was a downward trend for uncontrolled HbA1c, signifying growing awareness about blood sugar control, and perhaps treatment, the report said. A retrospective analysis done by SRL Diagnostics, of data around the diabetes bloodtest, HbA1c, found that there is a decreasing trend of abnormal blood sugar across the age groupsexcept 16-30 years.

This shows that that there is an increasing trend of people exercising controlover their blood sugar. Showing that more and more people were aware of the need to keep track of their blood sugar levels, the SRL data revealed that there has been an annual percentage increase at an average rate of 32 per cent in the number of samples analyzed for HbA1c test each year between 2012 and 2017. Data of almost 30 lakh samples were analysed. HbA1C Test is also called as glycosylated haemoglobin test.

The A1C test is a new method to diagnose both diabetes and prediabetes. The test involves checking the average blood glucose levels for 2 to 3 months. When the results show A1C of 5.7 to 6.4 per cent, it means the individual has prediabetesand has a higher than normal risk of progressing to diabetes. When the test results are 6.5 percent or more of A1C done from an accredited laboratory, it signifies the individual is diabetic. An advantage of thistest is that there is no fasting involved and the food type consumed in the previous night or even inthe morning before the blood draw does not affect its results. The analysis further revealed that people from Eastern part of the country had the highest percentage of uncontrolled blood sugar (HbA1c ≥6.5 per cent) as compared to the other parts of thenation. The data further showed that women had better control of blood sugar (HbA1c< 6.5 per cent) thanmen across age groups and zones.

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