A1C test goals
For a person who doesn't have diabetes, about 5% of the hemoglobin A1C molecules have blood sugar attached to them. That would correlate to A1C test results of 5%.1
For people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends A1C test results of less than 7%,1 while the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists suggests 6.5% or lower.2
However, without proper treatment, people with diabetes can have A1C blood test results that are much higher than that.
Benefits of lowering your A1C test result
Now for the good news—for every point you lower your A1C test results, you can significantly reduce the risk of long-term diabetes complications such as nerve damage, vision loss, kidney disease and cardiovascular problems. Even if you already have some complications from diabetes, lowering your A1C may help reduce the symptoms or reverse the severity of the problem.3
The results of the Diabetes Control and Complication Trial (DCCT) showed just how much you can reduce your risk.
If your A1C blood test result is higher than recommended, it's important to take steps to improve control. Talk to your healthcare team for suggestions and support.