Diabetes is called the “silent killer” because of its stealthy assault on the heart, kidneys and other vital organs of the body. As most diabetic patients know, keeping tabs on the surreptitious work of this disease requires consistent monitoring of blood sugar. While glucose meters can provide a snapshot of blood sugar levels, it is the A1C test that gives a comprehensive picture over time. Diabetics and non-diabetic hypoglycemics benefit from periodic A1c readings.
Information. An A1c result is presented as a percentage. A healthy ratio is not exactly the same for each and every individual. For this reason, a doctor thoroughly familiar with a patient’s condition and overall health should determine where the A1c range is optimal before recommending a treatment and management plan. Another way to express the A1c value is estimated average glucose (eAG), which is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).