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Fructosamine is the result of a bond between glucose and albumin or other proteins. Similar to hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), fructosamine can be used to monitor long term control of glucose in diabetics. It has a shorter half-life than hemoglobin A1C and is thought to be more sensitive as a marker of short term fluctuations in glucose levels.
Fructosamine reflects diabetic control over a shorter time period of 2-3 weeks compared to 4-8 weeks for HbA1C.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.
Fructosamine is not subject to variations in the levels of hemoglobin, which may alter a hemoglobin A1C test.
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