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A1c (Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c)

My teen daughter’s A1c was 9%, the highest it’s ever been. She has school related stress, mood swings, fatigue. Also, her face is a bit puffy and she doesn’t feel “right.” What do you recommend we do?

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My son has had diabetes since he was one year old; he is now 4. His last A1c was 6.9. We have been told keeping a child of his age within target ranges is not an easy task.

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. For the past 2 years I have had good control. The results of my most recent A1C test were strange. Though I have had low to normal fasting blood sugars, and on the day of the A1C test it was also normal, the reading was 10. It has usually been 6.3-7.

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I decided to order several at home A1c tests which apparently, recently became available without a prescription. Do you feel that the home A1c tests will portray an accurate result?

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I keep reading that the accepted A1c of less than 7% is no longer considered excellent control, and that some doctors would like to see their patients less than 6.5%. My child’s doctor thinks an A1c under 8.5% is acceptable. Do you agree or think young children should also be under 7%?

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I read one of the articles on a particular diabetes website where they had mentioned the various blood plasma glucose values and their corresponding Hba1c results. They had mentioned higher Hba1c values for high blood plasma glucose levels and smaller Hba1c values for the latter. Does this mean that I will derive different Hba1c values from either my fasting blood sugar level or the post-breakfast one?

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My son’s A1c has gone up since he started using a pump six months ago. Is this common? Will his higher A1c have long term effects?

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My daughter’s A1c has been 9% for the last three tests, no matter what we do to improve the numbers. Her endocrinologist believes that she is cheating her meter because her actual daily numbers should represent a much lower A1c an that she needs counseling. Are there any other possibilities that will produce high A1c numbers?

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I know that typically an A1c less than 6.0% is considered to be normal, depending on the laboratory, but a range of 4.0-6.0% sees to cover a pretty wide variation in blood sugar averages. If a normal, healthy person who does not have diabetes had his or her A1c tested, what would it likely be? What is a normal average blood sugar in someone who does not have diabetes?

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My dad’s A1c was just 5.2. How can that be if he has been from 120 to 220 mg/dl [6.7 to 12.2 mmol/L] for the past couple of weeks?

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