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HbA1C

HbA1C

HbA1c is also known as glycated hemoglobin and is used to measure the average plasma glucose concentration (blood sugar) over a certain period of time. This lab test helps doctors monitor blood sugar levels of diabetes patients, and test for diabetes for at risk patients. Differing laboratories may vary slightly, and demographic factors such as age, race, gender, and whether or not you smoke may influence a safe HbA1c level, however an HbA1c level of 5.6% or less is considered normal when diagnosing diabetes. A level of 5.7% to 6.4% is considered at risk for diabetes, and a level of 6.5% or greater is considered diabetes.

Your doctor will schedule your HbA1c testing every 3 to 6 months, and monitor your HbA1c to help you maintain your blood sugar to a safe level. If your HbA1c becomes too high you can become more at risk for developing kidney disease, heart disease, eye disease, nerve damage, and stroke. For this reason it is very important to stay informed on your condition and take the preventative steps to help lower your chances of getting diabetes, and keeping it under control if you are already are diagnosed.