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Q&A: What You Should Know About a Safe A1C Goal

Q. I thought my A1C goal should be less than 7%. Why are you changing that advice?

A. Healthcare providers want to be sure you have the best possible healthcare. Best current studies suggests that your A1C goal should match your lifestyle and what is important to you. 

Q. I feel fine even though my A1C is less than 7%. Why might that be a bad thing?

A. It is best to always be able to feel low blood sugar. If you are not feeling low blood sugar, this could lead to low blood sugars that are unsafe. Always tell your healthcare provider about low readings, so they can discuss a change in your plan with you. 

Q. Am I taking my diabetes medicines at the right time? Should they be taken with or without a meal?

A. Some diabetes pills can cause low blood sugar if taken at the wrong time. Take them when your medicine label says to and discuss any concerns with your healthcare team. 

Q. How does it help me to have higher A1C?

A. Higher A1C levels will reduce the risk of low blood sugars during the day and in the middle of the night. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may cause falls, accidents, and serious problems during your sleep. Higher A1C levels will also lower stress on your heart. 

To read more about A1Cs, go to We Want You and Your Healthcare Provider to Discuss and Choose a Safe A1C Goal.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 3/1/2017
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