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A1c (Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c)

In order to achieve good control one must have a near normal HbA1c. But, HbA1c reflects only the mean glucose level during the past three months. Is there another parameter one can use to check if his glucose levels are not varying too much?

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I was told that the A1c is the long term measure of hyperglycemia and that any blood glucose above 120 mg/dl [mmol/L] triggers the A1c to be above normal. Does it not then hypothesize that if daily blood glucose readings on average are considerably within the hypoglycemic range that this would thereby balance the fewer hyperglycemic daily blood glucose levels?

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My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about a year ago. He is now 2 years old. He just got his first lab results back. His A1c level was 10.6%. My endocrinologist doesn’t seem to be concerned about that, but I am very worried. What is a good level for a toddler?

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I am a 57 year old female diagnosed with type 2 diabetes seven years ago which is treated with pills, and I am monitoring my glucose three to four times a day. Is there a way for me to get an average of my glucose levels without waiting for doctor visits?

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My 13 year old daughter has had a 20 to 25 pound weight gain per year since she was six, despite low caloric intake. The endocrinologist diagnosed her with a goiter and stated she may be insulin resistant (prior to lab draws). Her A1c is 4.8%, and her thyroid tests are within normal range. What does a low A1c mean?

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I have type 1 and my A1c is less than 7, but the people I know with type 2 have much lower A1cs. Do most type 1s have A1cs less than 7 or are they more the exception than the rule?

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I have heard of an A1c reading being a percentage, but we all have a straight number. What’s the difference?

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Recently, my A1c was 6.7 and the doctor said he would put me on medication if it went up to 6.9. I believe my blood sugars, diet and exercise are okay. Am I on the right track to stave off type 2?

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After five years, I still have an elevated A1c. I eat well, take insulin and test four times a day. What should I do to bring down my A1c? I’m tired of hearing that I need to take better care of myself. I just can’t get my A1c down.

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My endocrinologist has cleared me to have IVF next month. I was just diagnosed with type 1 in October. Is my 6.9 A1c safe for maintaining a healthy pregnancy?

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