Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that checks your average blood sugar
level over the past 2 to 3 months. This test also is called a glycohemoglobin
test or an A1c test.
The A1c test is done to check
how well your diabetes has been controlled over the past 2 to 3 months. Your
doctor can use this information to adjust your medicine and diabetes treatment,
You do not need to
stop eating before you have an A1c test. This test can be done at any time
during the day, even after a meal.
professional taking a sample of your blood will:
result is usually given as a percentage. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends most non-pregnant adults with diabetes aim for an A1c of 7.0% or less.
The A1c test result also can be used to find your estimated
average glucose, or eAG. Your eAG and A1c show the same thing in two different
ways. They both help you learn more about your average blood sugar range over
the past 2 to 3 months.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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