LadyLouAnn

Q:

I have an A1c of 11%. What does that mean to me now, in my immediate future, and in the long term?

Amy Campbell

A:

An A1C of 11% means that your body isn’t getting enough insulin and/or isn’t using insulin as well as it should. For most people with diabetes, their A1C goal is less than 7%. A1C results that are constantly higher than 7% are likely to increase your risk of complications down the road, including heart disease, kidney damage, eye disease and nerve damage. The good news is that lowering your A1C by 1% can lower your risk of complications by up to 40%. In the shorter-term, a high A1C result indicates that your blood glucose levels are too high. High blood glucose, if left untreated, can cause fatigue, frequent urination, dry mouth, thirst, blurry vision and cuts/sores that are slow to heal. It’s very important that you meet with your healthcare provider to discuss a treatment plan that will lower your blood glucose and your A1C .