What Does My Hemoglobin A1c Test Mean?

Q:

What is a Hemoglobin A1c Test? My doctor said i should keep a record of it and mind the value very well for a better management. What is the targeted levels?

 

A:
A1c test is normal in diabetes, and it is a good indicator of your glucose in past 3 months.

Here are the two concepts you should know at first. Hemoglobin, exits in red blood cells, carrying oxygen throughout your body. Glucose, means the sugar in your blood. When glucose builds up in your blood, it binds to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells.

For those who might get the diabetes, A1c test helps to measure their glucose levels over recent weeks. For people without diabetes, A1c’s normal range is between 4% and 5.6%. When your A1c levels are between 5.7% and 6.4%, you are at high risk of getting of diabetes. Levels of 6.5% or higher mean you already have diabetes.

In a recommended diabetes self-management, your A1c level should be less than 7%. In a word, the higher the hemoglobin A1c, the higher your risk of having complications related to diabetes.

 

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