Question: What does the HbA1c number tell you?

The hemoglobin A1c test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. Its also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin.

What is a good number for HbA1c?

A normal A1C level is below 5.7%, a level of 5.7% to 6.4% indicates prediabetes, and a level of 6.5% or more indicates diabetes. Within the 5.7% to 6.4% prediabetes range, the higher your A1C, the greater your risk is for developing type 2 diabetes.

What HbA1c tells us?

An HbA1c test shows what the average amount of glucose attached to hemoglobin has been over the past three months. Its a three-month average because thats typically how long a red blood cell lives.

What does a HbA1c of 5.5 mean?

On average, normal HbA1c for non-diabetics is < 36 mmol/mol (5.5%). For people with diabetes, an ideal HbA1c level should be 48 mmol/mol (6.5%) or lower. A HbA1c measurement of between 36 and 48 mmol/mol means that the individual it at a very high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, termed pre-diabetes.

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