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September 7, 2000

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA:

My 13 year old son just had his first a1c test done. He has IDDM type 1. Can you explain some of the results: A1C 5.8 fructosamine 279 PBG 0.82 albumin 4.8 TSH 1.5 T4, free non-dialysis 0.92 Are these results good in all areas? I don't understand too much since he is newly diagnosed.

Answer:

This looks like new diabetes. The A1c reflects very good control, and okay for new; I wouldn’t usually look for it to stay this low. The thyroid studies (T4 and TSH) also are okay. I don’t understand the other tests.

LD