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Are you Type 2 Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?

How do we find out if you are diabetic - Type 2 or Pre-diabetic

The A1C test—the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past three months. It's one of the most commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes. ​ Ask your doctor to do an A1C test. Or go to a lab that can do it. The cheapest way I found is Walmart Pharmacy- they will do a walk-in A1C test without any doctor's prescription and tell you the results immediately.

Normal A1C                 :  Below 5.7%

Prediabetes A1C          :  5.7% to 6.4%

Diabetes A1C               :  6.5% or above


My A1C in March 23 was 5.9% and I fall under pre-diabetes managed without any medication for the last 1000 plus days.

A normal A1C level below 5.7% is a healthy person free from diabetes. 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.

 A1C results vs. Blood sugar meter reading

Your A1C result can also be reported as estimated average glucose (eAG), the same numbers (mg/dL) you’re used to seeing on your blood sugar meter. You can buy a blood sugar meter from any pharmacy and your doctor can prescribe it.

A1C (%)                    eAG (mg/dL)

     5                                   97

     5.5                              111

     6                                 126

     6.5                              140

     7                                 154

     7.5                              169

     8                                 183

     8.5                              197

     9                                 212

     9.5                              226

   10                                 240

   10.5                             255

   11                                269

   11.5                             283

   12                                298


According to CDC, the goal for most people with diabetes is 7% or less. However, your personal goal will depend on many things, such as your age and any other medical conditions. Work with your doctor to set your own individual A1C goal.

Pre-diabetics should work to keep their A1C below 5.7%

Common diabetes complications:

Common diabetes health complications include heart disease, chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, and other problems with feet, oral health, vision, hearing, and mental health.

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