Type 1 Diabetes and The A1C Test

What is an A1C Test?

The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood sugar over a three month period. The three months are directly before the A1C test is drawn and read. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management.

How does the A1C test work?

The A1C test is the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. The A1C test result is shown as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person’s blood sugar levels have been. A normal A1C level is below 5.7 percent. Higher A1C numbers are dangerous and may lead to health problems in the near future or later on down the road.

Is it important to get an A1C test as a type 1 diabetic?

YES! It is usually mandatory by insurance companies and endocrinologists. Insurance companies demand the results of the A1C so that they can cover your medical supplies. Endocrinologists recommend/require an A1C to manage your type 1 diabetes and help you make important decisions on the amount of insulin your body requires. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people who are taking care of their diabetes and maintain stable blood sugar readings have the A1C test twice a year. Health care providers may repeat the A1C test as often as four times a year or until blood sugar levels are regularly maintained.

Thanks,

Kyla Tighe

“Diabetes and Donuts”

Information gathered from

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/A1CTest/#13

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