If you have
diabetes, your doctor may recommend that you have a
glycohemoglobin test every 3 to 6 months, depending on your type of diabetes
and how well it is controlled.
The glycohemoglobin test does not replace the need for other
regular blood glucose tests, including checking your blood sugar at home and a
regular blood glucose test. For more information, see the topics
Home Blood Glucose Test and
Many people with diabetes have high blood sugars at times when
they would not be checking their blood sugar, such as after meals or during the
night. Glycohemoglobin A1c may show these periods of high blood sugar that
would not be found by a home blood glucose test.
Some people who develop diabetes have normal glycohemoglobin
tests early in the course of their disease.
Glycohemoglobin levels can be normal in some people who have
untreated diabetes and certain medical conditions, such as sickle cell anemia,
hemolytic anemia, severe kidney disease, or pregnancy.
If you have diabetes, having a high glycohemoglobin level
increases your chances of having other problems. Lowering your glycohemoglobin
levels can help delay or prevent problems, such as serious nerve, kidney, and
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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