Abnormal results mean that you have had a high blood sugar level over a period of weeks to months.
If your A1c is above 6.5% and you do not already have diabetes, you may be diagnosed with diabetes.
If your level is above 7% and you have diabetes, it often means that your blood sugar is not well controlled. Your target A1c should be determined by you and your health care provider.
The higher your A1c, the higher the risk that you will develop problems such as:
If your A1c stays high for a long period, the risk of these problems is even greater.
Ask your doctor how often you should have your level tested. Usually, doctors recommend testing every 3 or 6 months.