Dr. Venkatesha, Priyanka. A, Geetha H



Haemoglobin A1c  (HbA1c)  has  been  adopted  by  physicians  as  a  surrogate for monitoring glycemic control. There exists concern that other factors beyond serum glucose concentration may affect glycation rates and by extrapolation HbA1c levels.

Aims and Objective:

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of IDA on the HbA1c levels in non diabetic patients, so as to consider IDA as an important factor which influenced the HbA1c levels, while monitoring the glycemic status of diabetics.


The study group comprised 620 non diabetic aged > 20 years (290 patients with IDA and 330 patients without IDA)  


The mean HbA1c (7.6 ± 0.9%) level in the patients with IDA was higher than that in the control group (5.5 ± 0.8%) (p < 0.05).


The study emphasizes the need to exercise caution when Applying HbA1c reference ranges to anemic populations


Iron deficiency Anemia [IDA], Non Diabetes Mellitus, HbA1c

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