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Why pay attention to A1C levels?

By Steve Freed, R.PH., CDE 2 years ago 880 Views No comments

Do you know what your A1c number is? Do you know what that number means? It can tell you your risk for diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, loss of limbs, blindness, kidney disease, cancer and just about every disease known to man.

Your A1C number represents your average blood sugar over the last 90 days, every second of the day. So when you or your doctor uses a blood glucose meter and sticks your finger, that tells you what your blood sugar is for just that one second in time, not what it was 1, 2 or every 8 hours before, just for that one second in time. That number is important to inform you how your food is working or your medicine, for that moment in time.

But your A1c number provides you an idea of the BIG PICTURE and tells you how you are doing over 90 days. Not just a short moment in time.

We know that too much sugar is harmful to our organs, it is the fuel we need but too much or too little is not good for our health.

An A1c is a single digit number that is the percentage of glucose attached to your red blood cells. A normal A1C level for a healthy person, who is not overweight, eats properly and exercises is between 4 and 5.5%

A person with prediabetes who is often on their way to becoming diabetic has an A1c of 5.7 to 6.4%’

A person with diabetes where their blood sugars are causing serious damage to their heart, brain, kidneys, nerves and almost every other organ in their body is an A1c of 6.5% or higher.

If you don't already know your A1C number there is a convenient fingerstick blood test that gives you your results in just 5 minutes. It's called the A1CNOW.

Learn more about A1CNow

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