A test that measures a person’s average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. Hemoglobin is the part of a red blood cell that carries oxygen to the cells and sometimes joins with the glucose in the bloodstream. Also called hemoglobin A1C or glycosylated hemoglobin, the test shows the amount of glucose that sticks to the red blood cell, which is proportional to the amount of glucose in the blood.
Somebody without diabetes has a HbA1c under 6%. The goal for a person living with Type 1 Diabetes is 7% if you are an adult, and it’s 7.5% if you are a child .« Back to Glossary Index