Find out how much you know about the hemoglobin A1c test (also called H-b-A-1-c). Select True or False for each statement on the left. Then see how you did by checking the correct answers and explanations.

1. A hemoglobin A1c test measures the average amount of sugar in your blood over the last 3 months.

a) True
b) False

2. It's important to know your hemoglobin A1c number.

a) True
b) False

3. All people with diabetes need to have a hemoglobin A1c test.

a) True
b) False

4. The hemoglobin A1c goal for people with diabetes is less than 7 percent.

a) True
b) False

5. Most people can tell what their blood sugar levels are simply by how they feel.

a) True
b) False

6. You can have a "touch of sugar" but don't have to do anything about it.

a) True
b) False

7. You can do something about high blood sugar.

a) True
b) False

8. A hemoglobin A1c number over 8 percent is a sign that one or more parts of your treatment plan needs to be changed.

a) True
b) False

9. A hemoglobin A1c test should be done about once a year.

a) True
b) False

10. There's no proof that lowering your hemoglobin A1c number can reduce your chances of getting serious eye, kidney, and nerve disease.

a) True
b) False

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Review Date: 5/1/2006

Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.


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