A1c Test Analyzer: Decode Your Results

"Your hemoglobin A1c level is very important in managing or detecting diabetes. The test reflects how well your treatment plan is working and indicates whether additional steps need to be taken for better control." – Richard N. Fogoros, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Verywell

 

Helpful Resources

If your A1c levels are outside the optimal range that your doctor determined for you—or if you're just looking for a few new tips to help you live well with diabetes—take some time to explore the following articles, tools, downloads, and communities to learn more about your condition:

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to analyze my A1c level?

All you need is your HbA1c test value. The value should be numerical—no need to add the unit, we’ll add it for you!

Where can I find my A1c result?

In most cases, your test result will be ready for you at your next doctor's appointment or a few days after you do your bloodwork. And your doctor will have a copy of your result even if the test was performed outside of their office; you can call in and ask for it. Some labs and offices also offer online patient portals—simply log in and see your results.

You can use this analyzer before or after your discussion with your doctor. You should schedule an appointment to review your result though. Sometimes, your doctor may be able to chat with you over e-mail or phone instead.

Note that your doctor may have a specific A1c level target for you that is different than what's outlined in the analyzer. The reference ranges used in the analyzer are meant to represent typical ranges. If they differ, you should refer to the specific ones you discussed with your doctor.

What information will I receive from the tool?

Once you enter your A1c result, the analyzer will determine if your result is low, optimal, or high and what that might mean. You’ll also learn a little bit about the test and why it's performed.

Additionally, you’ll have the option to sign up for daily tips on managing and living well with diabetes. They'll be delivered straight to your inbox! You can also join our Real Life With Diabetes Facebook community for even more support.

How are my results analyzed?

A board-certified physician analyzed your results. Optimal range values and interpretations are in line with leading authorities (although your specific goals may vary based on your unique situation).

Keep in mind that this analysis is for informational purposes only, not a replacement for a professional medical visit.

Use it as a starting point or to further understand what you have already discussed with your doctor.

Your discussion with your doctor is crucial. Doctors are the best people to analyze your situation as a whole. They'll consider your medical history and more to provide the most accurate and customized plan for you.

Learn More: What Low, Optimal, and High HgA1c Levels Mean

Who else can see my lab results or personal analysis?

We take online privacy very seriously, especially when it comes to individual and personalized health information. We do not track which lab tests you analyze and we do not store any lab values you enter. You are the only one who can see your analysis. Also, you will not be able to return to your results, so if you would like to save them, it is best to print them.

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Can this tool diagnose me with diabetes?

This tool does not provide medical advice or diagnosis. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultations, diagnosis, or treatment.

What should I do with my analysis?

Use your analysis to better understand your average blood glucose levels and how they relate to diabetes control. In addition to knowing if your level falls in the low, optimal, or high range, know that a hemoglobin A1c level can be directly translated to an "average glucose level.” While the correlations vary a bit from laboratory to laboratory, a typical correlation is as follows:

  • For an A1c level of 5%, the average glucose level is 97mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 6%, the average glucose level is 126 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 7%, the average glucose level is 154 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 8%, the average glucose level is 183 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 9%. the average glucose level is 212 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 10%, the average glucose level is 240 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 11%, the average glucose level is 269 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 12%, the average glucose level is 298 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 13%, the average glucose level is 326 mg/dL.
  • For an A1c level of 14%, the average glucose level is 355 mg/dL.

    Do not use your analysis to diagnose yourself with diabetes. Your doctor is the only person that can do that. When you are discussing your results with your doctor, use this analysis to inspire questions or as a starting point for a conversation. Asking the right questions can help you know what to expect if your levels are outside the optimal ranges.

    Also, consider bringing along a doctor discussion guide for more guidance—ours lists common vocabulary terms your doctor may use and important questions about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and living well with diabetes.

    Download: Diabetes Doctor Discussion Guide

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