Spears & MacLeod Pharmacy
333 Main Street Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
B5A-4B3 Ph: 1-902-742-7825
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||A1C Testing - Starting in November, we will be providing a new service
for diabetics - "the A1C Test".
This test estimates how well blood sugar has been
controlled during the previous 3 months... It represents an
"average" blood glucose level.
Please call Home Health to book your appointment for an A1C test.
What Does the A1C Measure?
A1C is a measure of the amount of glucose that is stuck to your hemoglobin.
Your A1C reading tells you and your health care team what your average
blood glucose level has been over the last two or three months. If you
have lots of glucose in your blood and your average blood glucose has been
high for the past few months, then your A1C will be high. You should talk
to your health care team about your daily blood glucose tests AND your
How Can A1C Testing Help Me?
The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that everyone with diabetes
try to achieve an A1C of less than 7%. Lower is better, that is between
six–five if you can get there without having too much hypoglycemia. If
your A1C is high, your health care team may change your diabetes plan to
help you to better manage your blood glucose. Changes in your management
plan should be expected from time to time and will help bring your A1C
closer to normal.
Research shows that managing blood glucose levels well may lower your
risk of major health problems including:
* Heart disease
* Kidney disease
* Eye disease
* Nerve damage
* Circulation problems
By keeping your blood glucose levels close to normal, you can stop or
delay the damage high blood glucose does to blood vessels and nerves. You
can prevent the complications of diabetes.