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ab: The Hemoglobin A1C ("A1C") blood test, expressed as a percentage, gives your doctor an idea what your average blood sugar level has been over a 3 month period of time. Goal A1C's are 7% or below (7% being roughly about equal to a blood sugar of 140 and going up or down about 20 points for each percentage point higher or lower).

Acouple of questions.
1. My hemoglobin A1C is very good (4.7) but I have read that it is also very important to keep the blood sugar as near constant as possile over the day. This is where I have a bit of trouble. Your comments on How important it is to try to maintain a steady level over the day would be much appreciated. I tend to have spikes up to 170 a couple of hours after eating.

2. Do artificial sweeteners affect blood sugar levels? I've been trying to find hard info on this with not much luck.

Thanks in advance.
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