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A 36-year-old male asked:

as a doc, what's the best number of a1c? i read that they might lower it, lower than 7.00. is that true?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Individualize: The A1c goal is no longer a "one size fits all" goal. It's now different for different people depending on the person's preexisting complications, age, social , psychological, motivation factors...For you, being very young with no complications from diabetes so far, i would go aggressive, less than 7% for sure and <6.5% if possible. You also need to look at cholesterol and blood pressure level.
Dr. Michael Mull
Family Medicine 30 years experience
A1c: The american college of endocrinology recommends 6.5 and american diabetes association 7.0. I prefer the lower the better except in the elderly where hypoglycemic morbidity can be worse than poor control and say less than 7.0 then.

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What is the normal (best) A1c reading for a diabetic?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
6.5 : 6.5 is desirable and the goal of treatment according to ada.

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