Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
August 16, 2002
A1c (Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c)
Question from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
I am 14 years of age, have had type 1 diabetes for the past nine years, and have been on a pump for the past year and a half. My recent A1c was 8.4%, and, while I know that this not the range it should be in, before I received my insulin pump, it was 9.8%! It has come down quite a bit as you can see, but I do not feel satisfied with this! What should a 14 year old teenage girl's A1c be?
It sounds like you’ve done a great job moving your hemoglobin A1c levels downward, but you should be trying to reach the low to mid 7% A1c range if you are already in the 8.4% range. The goals for teenagers in our practice are to get below 7% without excessive or severe episodes of hypoglycemia. Pumping should help you achieve those goals.