Last week I talked about how to naturally lower your A1c with Type 1 Diabetes. Today I want to talk about what your GOAL A1c should be.

Now don’t worry, I’m not about to tell YOU what to do with YOUR diabetes. That’s up to you and your diabetes team. I am not here giving you medical advice.

What I do want to do is ask you some questions regarding your A1c…

Evaluating Your A1c

What was your last A1c? How do you feel about it?

How does your doctor feel about it?

Are you guys on the same page?

I’m asking you these questions because new research is telling us that any blood sugar over 140 mg/dL causes permanent organ damage.

I’m not saying this to scare you. Just the opposite.

You know the cliche saying, Knowledge is Power.

It’s true. Knowledge is powerful.

Knowing the threshold and where the damage happens, is HUGE! It’s HUGELY AMAZING because now we have a specific range to work with, it’s no longer some arbitrary goal of “do the best you can, try to be under 7, but diabetes is what it is, so 🤷‍♀️”.

And it makes sense. If we want to avoid diabetic complications we need to NOT BE in the diabetic range.

Landing on a Range

Below is an A1c conversion chart.

What would your ideal goal A1c be?

A healthy non-diabetic range is anywhere from 4.4 to 5.7mg/dL.

Do you think you could achieve that? Is that what you want to strive for?

Will you need baby steps to get there?

Hb-A1c to blood sugar conversion table

Putting Your Plan into Action

Now that you’ve picked a range you want to aim for, let’s put it into action. Download my FREE Putting Your A1c Goals into Action worksheet!

Planning My Goal A1c Worksheet

In Summary….

How to hit your goal A1c with type 1 diabetes:

  1. Re-evaluate your A1c
  2. Pick a goal range you want to be in
  3. Print & fill out this worksheet to make your actionable A1c plan!


  1. Rick Phillips October 19, 2022 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    What a cool idea. I recall when my A1C was 12.2 and I thought oh wow, that sucks, Well I like 5.7 so much more.

    • T1D Living November 3, 2022 at 9:40 am - Reply

      5.7 is a wonderful number! nice work!

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