A1C Explained

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March 11, 2024

If you are taking medication(s) for diabetes, your provider will want you to have a simple blood test called a hemoglobin A1C or A1C every three to six months. This test tells the provider how your blood sugar has been over the last three months. If you need extra help, we’re here for you! Connect with the care team by self enrolling, calling us at (410) 348-1905 or sending us an email.

What is the difference between a blood sugar test and an A1c test?

Blood sugar goes up and down all the time, depending on what you eat and drink and how active you are. A simple blood sugar reading from a finger stick shows a tiny moment in time. 

A1c, on the other hand, uses red blood cells to show an average of all the highs and lows over the past two to three months. This test is the best way for your provider to see if your medications, plus the way you eat and move, are keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range over time.


It is important to get this test done when your provider asks you to so they can keep your medications at the right level. Your provider may need to reduce your medication if changing how you eat or starting a workout has been lowering your blood sugar. On the other hand, if your body needs some extra help to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range, they may add medications or increase how much you take. Learn more about managing your diabetes through the video below!

How often should I get my A1C checked?

If you have diabetes, your provider will usually want to check your A1C about two to four times a year. It's like having regular check-ins to make sure everything is going okay.

How can I lower my A1C?

Eating healthy foods, staying active, and taking your medicine the right way can all help lower your A1C. Your Scene Care Team is here to help you understand better how A1C testing works, get your test scheduled, keep you on track with your medications, and give you tips on how to stay healthy while living with diabetes. Learn more on how to manage your A1C in the video below!


We’ve created an easy to use guide and log to help you keep track of your blood pressure readings.

The content on this site is not and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider(s) for diagnosis and treatment, including information regarding which drugs, therapy, or other treatment may be appropriate for you. Learn more here.

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