Living with Diabetes

What is HbA1c?

What is HbA1c?

The HbA1c (also known as A1c, glycated hemoglobin or glycosylated hemoglobin) test is a simple lab test that measures your average blood sugar level over the last two to three months. The higher the sugar levels in your blood, the higher your HbA1c result will be. The higher your HbA1c results are and the longer they stay high, the greater your chances of developing Diabetes complications.

Why should I have an HbA1c test?

The HbA1c test is the best way to know your overall blood sugar control and gives you and your healthcare team an idea of how well your Diabetes plan is working. 

You and your healthcare team need to use both the HbA1c in addition to your day-to-day blood sugar levels to work towards the best possible control. Keeping your blood sugar levels and HbA1c level as close to normal as possible will decrease the risk for developing or worsening Diabetes complications.

How often do I need an HbA1c test?

You should have HbA1c checked at least twice a year or more often when necessary.

What is my target HbA1c goal?

Remember to consider the following: