- About this information
- What is type 2 diabetes?
- Your diabetes care team
- What your diabetes care team will do
- Learning more about type 2 diabetes
- Diet and lifestyle
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Blood glucose and target levels
- Medicines to control blood glucose
- Long-term complications
- Eye damage
- Nerve problems
- Foot problems
- Kidney disease
- Terms explained
- Sources of advice and support
- Other NICE guidance
Information for the public
Blood glucose and target levels
Having high blood glucose makes you more likely to get other health problems, so keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible is very important. Your doctor or nurse will help you with this.
The HbA1c blood test reflects your average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 months. Keeping your HbA1c levels as close to normal as possible is an important part of managing diabetes. Your doctor or nurse should discuss this with you, and together you should agree a personal HbA1c target to aim for. If you find that reaching or staying at the target level is affecting your day‑to‑day life and making things worse, you should discuss this with the doctor or nurse.
Your HbA1c should be tested every 3 to 6 months. It might be done more often if your blood glucose levels are changing quickly. When your HbA1c level is stable, you should then have an HbA1c blood test every 6 months.
The HbA1c result is given in a unit of measurement that is written as ''. HbA1c used to be given as a percentage (%), so you may still see this.
actual housewives of new yorkThe HbA1c target for most people with type 2 diabetes is 48 mmol/mol (or 6.5%), but your doctor might suggest a different target for you. You should be offered support, diet and lifestyle advice, and medicine if you need it, to help you reach and stay at your HbA1c target.
actual housewives of new yorkQuestions to ask about HbA1c
What does HbA1c show about my blood glucose?
actual housewives of new yorkHow, where and how often will it be tested?
What HbA1c target should I aim for?
What if I''ll be given training on what to do, and your doctor or nurse should assess your self‑monitoring at least once a year.
actual housewives of new yorkSelf-monitoring isn't suitable for everyone with type 2 diabetes, and you should only self‑monitor if your doctor or nurse advises it.