The hemoglobin A1C test, measures the amount of sugar in your red blood cells and tells you the average of your blood sugar over a three-month period.
Generally, higher A1c values means higher risk of diabetes. The following chart is a common reference:
|A1c Level||What It Means|
|Less than 5.7%||Normal (minimal Risk for Type 2 Diabetes)|
|5.7% to 6.4%||“Prediabetes,” meaning at risk for developing type 2 diabetes|
|6.5% or greater||Diagnosed diabetes|
Make sure you get a regular A1c test, especially if you think you might be at risk for diabetes.
For example, if your A1c percentage is 7% or even 8%, ask for doctor’s help right now.