What is the Hemoglobin A1C Test?
- The A1C is a blood test that provides the “big picture” of your overall blood glucose level over the last two to three months.
- A high A1C means that there is too much sugar in your blood.
- Your healthcare provider uses the A1C to help diagnose diabetes and to determine how well you are managing your blood sugars at home.
Have your A1C checked twice a year. The target goal for your A1C is below 7%, representing an average blood sugar below 154. If you A1C is greater than 7%, you are at a higher risk for developing diabetes. Talk to your healthcare provider about what action you can take to control your blood sugar.