How Bad is My A1C Value?
Have you recently had your A1C level tested? If so, your doctor most likely gave you a number like 6.3%. He or she may have mentioned that your levels are ok or that you might be pre-diabetic. But, you may be wondering what does the number actually mean, and what values are bad.
The hemoglobin A1C or glycated hemoglobin test measures the amount of sugar that is attached to red blood cells. This is sugar that has not been used by the body. It is normal to have a certain level of sugar in the blood. However, for people who are diabetic, the body stops using insulin, which helps cells absorb the sugar, properly due to insulin resistance. This defect causes blood sugar to rise in the blood. Your doctor looks at the level as measurement of your risk or progression of Type 2 Diabetes. Not only is the level used to diagnose the disease, but it is also used to measure how well a patient is managing the disease. Normal levels are around four to five percent. When someone has a measurement of 5.7% to 6.4%, the person is considered to have Prediabetes. A value of 6.5% or higher for two consecutive readings is considered Type 2 Diabetes.
If you are managing your Diabetes, your doctor has most likely asked you to keep a level below 8%. Anything above that number would be considered uncontrolled Diabetes, which can lead to complications, including nerve damage, blindness, kidney damage, and amputations. Lowering your A1C level through exercise and proper diet can reduce your risk for these complications by 10%. Maintaining levels close to normal will reverse or cure the effects of Diabetes.
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