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 8, 2005
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada:
My A1c at the time of my diagnosis was 12.0. Are many diabetics diagnosed with an A1c this high? Is there a difference between usual type 1 or type 2 A1c levels at the time of diagnosis of diabetes? I'm curious and am wondering about pursuing further testing as many of the tests like the GAD 65 and C-peptide tests are not easily accessible where I live and I am trying to understand if I am a type 2 or 1.5.
The absolute A1c at the time of diagnosis is not an indicator of whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Other indicators, such as family history, body habitus, age of onset, C-peptide level with glucose challenge, and islet-cell antibody status, are helpful. Speak with your doctor about the importance of pursuing the additional testing. They may have insight as to whether this might be helpful.