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How has your HbA1c changed in the past year?


Decreased more than 1%






Decreased 1% or less






Stayed about the same






Increased 1% or less






Increased more than 1%






I've had diabetes less than a year






I don't know






How has your HbA1c changed in the past year?

Poll dates: October 28 - November 4, 2001
Total Votes: 395*

The HbA1c measurement lets you know what your average blood sugar control has been like for the past two to three months. Since day-to-day blood glucose readings can vary quite a bit and represent only a few points in time, health care professionals rely on the HbA1c measurement to provide an assessment of overall control. The ADA recommends that everyone get an HbA1c measurement every three months. There are several ways to get an HbA1c test performed, including in-home testing kits.

Compared with the results from the first time we ran this poll in July 2000, more readers now report a decrease in HbA1c over the past year (41% versus 28%). Over one-fourth of readers report a decrease of more than 1% (27% now versus 19% in July 2000).

Change   October 2001   July 2000
Decrease more than 1%   27%   19%
Decreased 1% or less   14%   9%
Stayed about the same   20%   26%
Increased 1% or less   7%   9%
Increased more than 1%   10%   13%
Had diabetes less than a year   13%   18%
Don't know   4%   3%

For more information, see our article about HbA1c Measurement.

*Note: Approximately 100 votes from the first day of the poll were lost due to a technical problem.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:00
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