Figure 2: Blood glucose and HbA1c levels are increased in long-term diabetic (DM) BBDP rats. (a) Average blood glucose level during the entire follow-up period starting at diabetes onset until sacrifice (ranging from 150 to >200 days) (white bar). For comparison, mean blood glucose levels in age-matched non-DM BBDP rats are shown (black bar). (b) Hyperglycaemia in long-term diabetic BBDP rats is associated with increased glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels (white bar) compared with non-DM rats (black bar). Data are expressed as the mean ± SEM (*** ). Values within bars indicate the number of rats analyzed. DM: long-term diabetic BBDP rats, Non-DM: non-diabetic rats.