It’s a blood test that measures the amount of sugar on the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Another name for it is A1C. It represents your average blood sugar over the past 3 months, because 3 months is how long a red blood cell lives. With this test, your average blood sugar level gets reported as a percentage.
Your A1C blood test should be done every 3 months if:
When your blood sugars are almost always in target, you can have an A1C blood test
every 6 months.
Research shows that lowering your A1C by 1% lowers the risk of heart problems, kidney, nerve, and eye disease by up to 40%.
Current as of: October 21, 2020
Author: Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management, Alberta Health Services
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