A1C test

The A1C test for diabetics is to aim to keep their hemoglobin A1c below 7%. The  American Diabetes Association goal is for a score of less than 7%. As the A1c increases so does the risk for complications.

The A1c test result gives a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2-3 months.

When is it usually ordered? When a person has symptoms consistent with diabetes such as …

  1. Excess thirst
  2. Overweight
  3. Blurred vision
  4. Slow healing infections especially in the feet
  5. Excess urination

 

This testing kit that is seen above can actually be bought at your local pharmacy for about 37 dollars, but I feel it would be better to have your physician see you and have them do the testing and treatment plans for you.

If you are using a patient with diabetes after eating let’s discuss some values.   If you are using the regular blood glucose monitor in general the blood glucose should be below 180 mg/dL according to the American Diabetic Association. If you do not have diabetes the score should be at less than 140 mg/dL.  When it is above this value the blood becomes more thick and like sludge and it is quite difficult for the blood to travel to areas that it needs to. Your physician will let you know your goal but this is a general guideline.

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