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What is the A1C test for diabetes?

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  • A Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of
    What Is the A1C Test for Diabetes?
    It's recommended that everyone over 40 gets an A1C test measuring blood sugar, says Holly Anderson, Outpatient Diabetes Coordinator at Reston Hospital Center. Find out more about the test by watching this video.
  • The A1C test is a test that measures a person's average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 months. Hemoglobin is the part of a red blood cell that carries oxygen to the cells and sometimes joins with the glucose in the bloodstream. Also called hemoglobin A1C or glycosylated hemoglobin, the test shows the amount of glucose that sticks to the red blood cell, which is proportional to the amount of glucose in the blood.
  • A Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of
    What is my A1c?
    Hemoglobin A1c is a test used to tell you your average blood sugar over time. In this video, Ronald Tamler, MD, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, explains the test and what its results mean.
  • A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of

    For someone who doesn't have diabetes, a normal A1C level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent. Someone who's had uncontrolled diabetes for a long time might have an A1C level above 9 percent.

    A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes.

    For someone who doesn't have diabetes, a normal A1C level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent. Someone who's had uncontrolled diabetes for a long time might have an A1C level above 9 percent.

    For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1C level of 7 percent or less is a common treatment target. Higher targets may be chosen in some individuals. If your A1C level is above your target, your doctor may recommend a change in your diabetes treatment plan. Remember, the higher your A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

  • A , Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism, answered
    An A1C test is a quick lab test that allows your doc to get a sense of your average day and night blood sugars for the last three months. Your A1C score should be between 6.0 and 6.9. If you have diabetes, you should have an AIC test four times a year.
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