A1c is often a term thrown around when talking about diabetes, but just what is an A1c? A1c, also called hemoglobin A1c, or HbA1c is a blood test that tells your average glucose levels over the past three months. Blood glucose fluctuates constantly throughout the day, therefore testing glucose gives a current reading, compared to the A1c that gives an average glucose reading over a period of time. Hemoglobin, which is the part of the blood cell that carries oxygen, also binds with glucose. Higher amounts of glucose in the blood results in more glucose binding to hemoglobin, thus resulting in a higher A1c.
A1c levels below 5.7% are considered normal, 5.7-6.4% is classified as prediabetes, and 6.5%+ is classified as diabetes.
Find a way to get exercise in, even during busy days. Break it up, three 10-minute chunks throughout the day. Whether it be 10 minutes of walking or a 10-minute circuit, you can accomplish more than you think in only 10 minutes. Even a little exercise is better than none!
Not sure where to start? There are a ton of online resources, apps, and trainers that can help you out. Join a local gym, start a fitness class, get a gym buddy, hire a personal trainer! There are plenty of ways to get started!
Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.