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A1C Test

The A1C test measures the average  amount of sugar that has been in your blood over the last three months. This is done by taking a small sample of  blood and measuring the amount of glucose in the blood cells. 

THE A1C TEST PROVIDES VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT:

  • Your average blood sugar levels  for the past three months.
  • Your risk for developing  long-term complications from diabetes, such as eye, kidney and nerve damage.

WHY SHOULD I HAVE AN A1C TEST?

An A1C test is the best way for your doctor to determine if your blood sugar is under control. The test shows if your blood sugar level is normal or too high.

WHAT IS A GOOD A1C TESTING GOAL?

The A1C goal for people with diabetes is less than 7 percent. At this level, your treatment plan is probably working and it indicates that your blood sugar is under control.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR A1C IS HIGH?

A high A1C (greater than 7 percent) means that you have a higher risk of developing eye, kidney diseases and nerve damage. If this is so, you may need to consult your physician in order to reduce the glucose level and the risk of complications.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED AN A1C TEST?

Ask your doctor. You may need to do the test more often if your blood sugar stays too high or if your doctor makes any changes to your treatment plan.

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