how’s your HbA1C? microsampling and the future of diabetes management
Diabetes has reached epidemic levels. This has complicated the management of the disease. Nonetheless, the growing number of drugs, proper management, and technologies has significantly mitigated diabetes’ dangers.
What is HbA1C?
HbA1C is the short form of hemoglobin A1C or glycosylated hemoglobin which indicates the blood glucose control over a period of 8 to 12 weeks. Hemoglobin is a protein found in Red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the bodily tissues before their regeneration after about 3 months. As the red blood cells travel, some glucose holds on to the hemoglobin molecules. When blood glucose level rises, more glucose becomes attached to the hemoglobin protein.
Effects of At-Home Sampling on HbA1C Testing
Traditional venipunctures were a scary reality of testing and managing diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Blood sampling needed special handling, special facilities, and refrigeration. In contrast, at-home sampling is convenient, timesaving, and cost saving. At home, sampling has raised compliance levels for short- and long-term results. The HbA1C test kits are mailed to your home and self-administered by pricking your finger. Once tested, you receive the feedback from the health provider as quickly as possible.
Application of Microsampling on At-Home Sampling
Thanks to microsampling, patients will benefit from faster diagnosis and treatment. Microsampling collects lower volumes of blood (10µl), so the patient’s health isn’t compromised, unlike the traditional sampling which puts ICU, pediatric and neonatal patients at risk by taking 2% of their blood every day. Moreover, there is high cooperation and patient fulfillment, as the procedure isn’t painful or invasive. In contrast, traditional blood sampling was invasive, particularly to senior citizens who may have collapsed veins.
Better Patient Compliance with Microsampling
The future of diabetes management relies on the scientific progress in pharmaceuticals, management, and technology that will enable us to understand the disease better. Compared to outdated methods, microsampling is less painful, quicker, and more convenient. When applied to diabetes diagnosis and treatment, it improves patient satisfaction, has higher compliance, saves lives, and collects low volumes of blood; microsampling doesn’t put patients’ health at risk.
Topics: Alternative to Venipuncture