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A 41-year-old member asked:

what's a normal score on the a1c diabetes test?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Less than 6.0: This is a test of the chronic level of blood sugar and is useful to monitor the effectiveness of diabetic treatment. You should, if you are a diabetic, endea vor to get this below 7.0 and even lower if possible. The higher numbers show an increased risk of rather bad complications of diabetes.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
5.6 or less if no DM: For the average person: normal hemoglobin A1c is 5.6 or less. If your A1c is 5.7 to 6.4, then your body has trouble handling sugar [pre-diabetes], and it's time to work on what you eat [whole grains, more veggies/fruits, limit portions] and get moving 30-60 minutes every day. An A1c 6.5 or higher more than once means diabetes. Diabetics aim for an A1c less than 7 = good control.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Less than 5.7: If you have a number over 5.6 then your body has Insulin resistance. If the number is 6.5 you are a diabetic. If you have a number indicating Insulin resistance and it goes untreated by diet, and some endocrinologists, but not all, recommend starting metformin, you will become diabetic. Starting metformin and treatment at the earlier stages may prevent frank diabetes later on and complications.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the diabetes diagnostic level of hba1c?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
HgbA1c: Hgba1c is a numeric value that determines your average glucose over a 2-3 month period of time. The simplest way to understand hgba1c is to multiply its value x 22. That will give you your average glucose over a 2-3 month period. If your hgba1c is 6.0, then your average glucose is 132(6.0 x 22=132).
A 55-year-old member asked:

Is a 6.3 A1c borderline for diabetes?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
5.7-6.4: Is pre-diabetes or an opportunity to change and prevent diabetes. What can you do? Eat smart: good portions, whole grains, fruits & veggies. Get moving 60 minutes every day.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
great answer Dr. Yep.!
Feb 1, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is 6.2% for hba1c considered high for people that have diabetes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
No: That isva good score, grade wise you would be in the b+ range.
A 32-year-old female asked:

What does a high A1c level mean if you don't have diabeties?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
High Hemoglobin A1C: Means you have diabetes. If you were not diagnosed before this could be the time that you find out that you are now diabetic.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you have a normal A1c but have diabetes symptoms?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Symptoms of diabetes do not always mean diabetes.

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