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2. A1C, Prediabetes and Diabetes

The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months.  The A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes.

 

A1C = 5.6 or less:  YOU'RE DOING WELL! CONTINUE TO:

  • Focus on including 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes and helathy cooking methods.
  • Aim for 30 minutes or more of activity each day.

An A1C of 5.6 or less is important to prevent diabetes and maintain good health.

 

A1C = 5.7-6.5:  YOUR LABWORK INDICATES YOU HAVE PREDIABETES AND ARE AT RISK FOR DIABETES.  YOU ARE ADVISED TO:

  • Make healthy eating and increased exercise as mentioned above a priority.
  • Consider scheduling an appointment with your physician to review your A1C results.

For more information, go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes-type2/index.html

 

A1C above 6.5:  YOUR LABWORK INDICATES YOU HAVE DIABETES

  • Talk to your doctor about your A1C results and treatment options.
  • Prioritize healthy eating and increased exercise as mentioned above.

An A1C of less than 7 is the goal for person with diabetes.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/?loc=lwd-slabnav

 

Norman Regional's Outpatient Nutrition Center has classes and resources to assist you with improving your A1C. 

Contact the Center at 405-307-5730 for information on how to get better control of your blood glucose.