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What Is the Normal A1c Range?

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author image Karla Casco
Karla Casco began writing in 2010, focusing her work on diseases and treatments and their side effects. She has also created patient handouts, PowerPoint presentations and journal clubs. Karla has a doctorate in pharmacy from St. John's University and holds a pharmacy license for the state of New York.
What Is the Normal A1c Range?
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Hemoglobin A1C is a component of hemoglobin which attaches to blood sugar in the body. Hemoglobin A1C measurements are the standard for evaluating glycemic control in diabetics.

Target Level

The target level of Hemoglobin A1C is less than 7 percent; lower values may be targeted if low blood sugar and weight gain can be avoided, explains “Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach.”

Measurement

Diabetics should be monitored regularly to ensure proper glucose control. Hemoglobin A1C is measured by a blood test every three months and interpreted in the form of a percentage. Two readings above 6.5 percent indicate diabetes or inadequate control of sugar levels, according to "Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach."

Self-Monitoring

Diabetics should have a blood glucose monitor to measure blood sugar levels every day. A physician may able to help the patient choose a glucose monitor that is best for him.

Avoiding Complications

Maintaining blood sugar levels within the normal range will prevent complications, such as nerve damage, kidney damage and blindness.

Treatments

Treatment of diabetes helps to control blood sugar levels and may include oral therapy and insulin injections. Lifestyle modifications, such as eating healthily and exercising regularly, also provide protection against complications.

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