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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
2. It's important to know your hemoglobin A1c number.a) True
3. All people with diabetes need to have a hemoglobin A1c test.a) True
4. The hemoglobin A1c goal for people with diabetes is less than 7 percent.a) True
5. Most people can tell what their blood sugar levels are simply by how they feel.a) True
6. You can have a "touch of sugar" but don't have to do anything about it.a) True
7. You can do something about high blood sugar.a) True
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
9. A hemoglobin A1c test should be done about once a year.a) True
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
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Reviewed By: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Previously reviewed by Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (6/17/2008).