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I'm sure you've been hearing a lot about A1c on the radio and on TV as well as reading about it in print media as it relates to diabetes. But why is A1c important, too.

First, let me explain what A1c is. More than likely you have had some lab work done as instructed by your doctor or when you went to the emergency room at a hospital. Part of the lab work included the level of your blood sugar. The level represented the amount of blood sugar at that time. However, blood sugar changes from hour to hour and from day to day. The body keeps up with these changes, averages them out and records them as A1c. A1c represents your average daily blood sugar during the prior ninety days. In reality, A1c is like your grade-point average in school. In this case, it's a sugar point average.

Here is the rub! When A1c is too high for too long, it causes you to begin experiencing difficulties such as memory problems (senior moments), loss of muscle strength, weight gain, and starting the process of skin wrinkling as well as a reduction in the size of your brain. Minimizing the risk for developing these problems is wise.

 

A1c Category Levels

Optimal Sub-optimal Prediabetes Diabetes
4.0% to 4.9% 5.0% to 5.6% 5.7% to 6.4% 6.5% and above

Why should I have my A1c checked?

In addition to the problems mentioned above, when A1c becomes elevated, it can ultimately reach the pre-diabetes level. Because pre-diabetes has become epidemic and can lead to full-blown diabetes, which is a serious condition, individuals should be screened for this condition.

If you are at least 30 years and of either African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian or Pacific Island descent, you should automatically have your A1c checked. Click here for more information. Otherwise, click on 'QUESTIONNAIRE' above and complete the questionnaire.

 

This is extremely important for your health!

Complete the questionnaire today!