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What Does It Mean To Have A Low A1c?

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Understanding Your A1c

The A1C is a blood test that helps determine if your diabetes management plan is working well. (Both Type 1 and Type 2 take this test.) It’s done every 2-3 months to find out what your average blood sugar has been. (You may also hear this test called glycosylated hemoglobin, glycohemoglobin, hemoglobin A1c, and HbA1c.) A1c is the most common name for it though. How the test works Essentially, the test can tell how much sugar is in the blood stream by looking for proteins (hemoglobins). When glucose (sugar) enters the blood, it binds to the protein in the red blood cells. This binding creates “glycated hemoglobin”. The more sugar in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin. It’s important to test your blood sugar levels (BGLs) throughout the day; however, an A1C test gives you a bigger picture with a long-term average of those blood sugar levels. What do these numbers mean? The A1c is an average of what your blood sugar levels have been over the 3-month period. In general, the higher your A1C number, the higher your likelihood of diabetes complications. (You don’t want a high A1C; it means there is too much sugar in your blood and your body isn’t absorbing it.) A1C number Continue reading >>

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  1. AZUREVEDICA

    My latest A1C was 5.9 as well. Doctor said that all my bloodwork was better than ever! I've been a type 1 since I was 10 years old (now 22). But I have my doubts. I think it balanced out between the highs and the lows, because my blood is definitely not a consistent 123 or even close. It's been 75% within target the past 2 weeks, but I still have the random highs and lows.
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  2. WILSON1926

    5.6 is great. congratulations.
    My Endo and CDE to me to keep my A1C between 6-7, no lower or higher than that.They said any lower or higher is not health according to new research. You Doctor might have other ideas.

  3. SONNYMAL

    Visit to the Dr yesterday and A1C was 5.6


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