Glycohemoglobin lab result less than 7What It Means
This measure shows the percent of PeaceHealth clinic patients 18 to 75 years of age with a diagnosis of diabetes whose most recent HbA1c blood test was less than 7.0%. The measure shows the overall score for all PeaceHealth clinics and the score for each region PeaceHealth serves.
Why It Is Important
A home blood glucose test measures the level of blood glucose only at that moment. HbA1c is a blood test used to measure how well your blood sugar was controlled over the last 2-3 months. Knowing your HbA1c is an important part of managing your diabetes by making sure your treatments and medicines are working.
The American Diabetes Association recommends an HbA1c less than 7.0%.
What is a normal result?
HbA1c of 6% or less is normal. You should work with your care team to keep your HbA1c level at or below 7%. However, you and your health care team must decide what is a "normal" HbA1c level for you.
What is an abnormal result?
An abnormal result means that your blood glucose levels have been above normal over a period of weeks to months. If your HbA1c is above 7.0%, it means that your diabetes control may not be as good as it should be.
In general, the higher your HbA1c, the higher the risk that you will develop problems such as:
- Eye disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Nerve damage
This is especially true if your HbA1c remains high for a long period of time. The closer your HbA1c is to normal, the less risk you have for these complications.
How often should it be checked?
- Every 6 months if your HbA1c is 7% or below
- Every 3 months if your HbA1c is over 7% or if you have Type 1 Diabetes