What is the A1C lab test?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Diabetes expert Kathy Reily discusses diabetes, including the A1C lab test.

    Host: What is the A1c lab test?

    Kathy Reily: The A1c lab test is a blood test that is done usually every three to four months and this is the average blood sugar for the last 60-90 days. So, the lab test takes all of your blood sugar for the last two to three months, averages them together and this lab test is expressed as a percentage which then correlates into a blood sugar. So, for instance, in A1c of 6.

    5% would translate into a blood sugar of about 150 and the goal for the A1c would be to get that number as close to 6.

    0 as possible.