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Self-test: Check your hemoglobin A1c I.Q.

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%.

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% 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: 5/26/2009
Reviewed By: Robert Cooper, MD, Endocinology Specialist and Chief of Medicine, Holyoke Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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