An A1c of 5.6 is Normal.
View the full A1c chart to learn more about A1c levels.
What does an A1c of 5.6 mean?
A1c readings between 4.0 and 5.6 indicate that the level of glucose in your blood is normal.
The A1c test measures blood sugar over the last three months by looking at the percentage of hemoglobin saturated with sugar. An A1c of 5.6 means that 5.6% of the hemoglobin in your blood are saturated with sugar.
A1c 5.6 conversion rates
Blood sugar can be measured in a variety of ways, which often leads to confusion.
An A1c of 5.6 is equal to blood sugar of 114 mg/dl or 6.3 mmol/l.
View the full A1c conversion chart to better understand these tests and numbers.
What to do if your A1c is 5.6
You don’t have to do anything with an A1c level of 5.6 as long as you don’t have any other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or if your A1c has been increasing over time.
Medications with A1c of 5.6
Most doctors won’t prescribe diabetes medication for someone with an A1c of 5.6. However, they may recommend lifestyle changes, particularly if other risk factors are present.
Already on medication to manage your diabetes? If so, congratulations on getting your blood sugar under control. We know it’s not easy.
Stay on target and keep an eye on your blood sugar by testing your blood sugar at home. There are a variety of affordable blood glucose monitors available.
Talk to your doctor about whether an A1c of 5.6 is the optimal level for you and if dosage or injection adjustments are necessary.
Lifestyle changes with A1c of 5.6
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
If you have an A1c level of 5.6 you can minimize the chance of developing diabetes through the following lifestyle changes:
- Increase exercise
- Reduce calories
- Monitor carbohydrates
- Limit alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Alleviate stress
Skip dessert. Ditch the fast food. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Meditate. Changing a few habits can make a difference and help ensure your blood sugar stays under control.