What Does the A1C Test Result Mean?
The hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) or A1C test measures the amount of blood sugar (glucose) attached to hemoglobin. It is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, an HbA1c test can help monitor your condition and glucose levels.
What do the A1C test results mean?
HbA1c test results are usually in percentages. Typical results are below.
- Normal: HbA1c below 5.7%
- Prediabetes: HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4
- Diabetes: HbA1c of 6.5% or higher
Prediabetes means that you are at risk for getting diabetes according to your blood sugar levels.
The more detailed chart is below:
Please keep in mind that the normal range for A1C results may vary somewhat among labs. So, if you have any questions about your test result, talk to your doctor.
If you have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends keeping your A1C levels below 7%. Your health care provider may have other recommendations for you, depending on your overall health, age, weight, and other factors.
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