Message from Christine:
I've found many people with diabetes are confused about what an A1c test is (hemoglobin A1c). The A1c test reveals average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months. High blood sugar is correlated with diabetes complications.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that the A1c be used for diagnosing diabetes and pre-diabetes. Under the ADA's new recommendations, an A1c of 6.5% or above indicates diabetes while an A1c of 5.7% - 6.4% indicates pre-diabetes.
For those with diabetes, the ADA recommends an A1c goal of less than 7%. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends an A1c goal for those with diabetes of less than 6.5%.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
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From: Jeff C. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: diabetes & carbohydrate choices?
I am very confused. I have been told to have 3-4 carbohydrate choices at each meal. Could you help me figure out what one of these carbohydrates equates to? Is it one gram of carbohydrate or one item containing carbohydrate? Please help!
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