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The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average blood sugar over the past 3 months. The A1C test measures the amount of glucose (sugar) on your red blood cells. You do not need to be fasting to have an accurate A1C lab completed.
The A1C provides the “big picture” of overall glucose control. Knowing this number will help guide you and your health care team to successful diabetes management.
Your A1C goal is determined by you and your health care provider. For someone who does not have diabetes, A1C below 5.7% is considered normal. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C goal of less than 7% for those with diabetes. Your goal may be slightly higher or lower.
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