Ready to lose weight naturally? Learning how to manage your blood glucose levels is fundamental to maintaining a healthy body weight. There are two main methods of monitoring blood glucose levels: regular blood sugar tests and an HbA1c test.
An HbA1c test will usually be taken at intervals of three, six or 12 months. The result gives a good guide to how well controlled your blood glucose levels are over a period of two to three months leading up to the test. This allows you to see whether you’re on the right track or how close to being on the right track you are.
Blood glucose testing tells you what your blood sugar level is at the precise time you test. Regular testing can be very useful for analysing which factors affect your blood sugar levels and by how much.
What can we learn from an HbA1c test?
The target HbA1c value for people with type 2 diabetes is 6.5% or 48 mmol/mol.
If you get an HbA1c result at this level or below, you’re on the right track with your diabetes control.
If your HbA1c result is above this target, there is room for some improvement. You may need to incorporate a little more activity into your week, make some changes to your diet or ask your doctor to prescribe a different form of medication.
If there’s one criticism of HbA1c, it’s that it doesn’t always make it easy to work out which individual changes are the most effective for lowering your blood sugar levels or which elements of your lifestyle are having a negative influence.