Diabetes Programme

Use of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus

Abbreviated report of a WHO consultation

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 25
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/CHP/CPM/11.1



A new test for diagnosing diabetes mellitus has been accepted by a WHO-backed group of experts, offering a more practical approach to test for the disease that affects over 220 million people worldwide. The report recommends the acceptability of glycated haemoglobin, or HbA1c, as an additional test to diagnose this debilitating and deadly disease.