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What's a normal score on the A1c diabetes test?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Francine Yep
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