The A1C is an important measurement
of how effectively you’re managing your diabetes The A1C or some refer to it as the glycohemoglobin or hemoglobin A1C is a test that reflects your average sugar control for the two to three month period prior
to the test this is a test that can be done simply
by obtaining a sample of blood obtained from a finger stick or from a small amount of blood drawn
from your arm and then tested in the lab we at Joslin recommend that this test be done every three to six months a person with normal blood glucose
levels has an A1C of between 4 and 6 percent we recommend that you tried to achieve
in A1C of under seven percent, or as close to normal as possible provided that you don’t increase the
risk for developing low glucose levels, or hypoglycemia the higher the A1C, the greater the risk that you have for
developing complications of diabetes by keeping your blood glucose levels
under control you will simply feel better as a compliment to be A1C we recommend that monitor your blood
sugars at home frequently testing of blood sugar at home allows
you and your physician to understand the impact that diet and exercise and
medications have on glucose control and how best to adjust these medications to
achieve optimal glucose control the frequency with which you test your
sugars will range from once a day to six or
eight times a day or even more and depends upon the complexity of therapy and certain situations such as into
current illness or pregnancy during which time increased frequency of
blood glucose testing is recommended so controlling your sugars, having your A1C checked regularly testing your blood sugar frequently at home will help you achieve better glucose control and avoid the serious complications of

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