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Understanding A1C and Diabetes

People living with diabetes, especially Type 2, are at greater risk for severe complications from  COVID-19. The risk goes even higher if one’s blood sugar is not under adequate control.

According to many doctors, endocrinologist specialists and diabetes educators, people with Type 2 should aim for an A1C test result under 7.0. If one originally tested at 10 or 12, then getting to 7.0 and below is ideal. Yet, it’s also important to delve into what these numbers actually mean.

An A1C is shows the average control of blood sugar over a three-month period. An A1C of 7.0 equals an average blood sugar of 154 which is not ideal. Blood sugar numbers of 140 and above can cause organ damage from high blood sugar that can lead to kidney failure, heart disease, amputations, blindness and more. The longer one’s blood sugar remains over the 140 range, the  more damage can occur. While one’s organs are being damaged, the inflammation in one’s body is also increasing, which is one of the reasons why the coronavirus is more dangerous for those with diabetes.

Kristi Jacques is a Diabetes Lifestyle Coach who offers consultations, group and individual coaching as well as online appointments. She is offering free 30-minute Deep Dive into Diabetes Reversal sessions. As someone who has Type 2 diabetes herself, she understands clients’ concerns on a personal basis as well. For more information or to make an appointment, call 843-995-3199, email [email protected] or visit