A1C helps show diabetes control, progressionBy
The A1C is a blood test. It measures how much glucose is stuck to a protein (called hemoglobin) inside the red blood cells. It is good to have an A1C test every 3 months if your blood sugar is not under control. If your blood sugar is in control, then you should have the A1C test done every 6 months.
An A1C test result is reported as a percentage. It can also be reported as a number called an “Estimated Average Glucose,” or eAG. Your healthcare provider will help you set your target goal. Many people aim for an A1C lower than 7 percent. This is an eAG of less than 154 mg/dL, but this varies with some patients.
Your goal will depend on your age, general health and other factors.
Keeping tight control on blood sugar levels will reduce the risk of developing complications like heart, kidney, eye and nerve problems. Certain risk factors increase damage to the large blood vessels in the heart, brain, legs and feet. These include:
- High blood sugar
- High blood fats
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight
- Family history of heart disease
DMS also offers insulin pump training and accredited diabetes education services. For more information on specific insulin pump needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at email@example.com.