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.
March 1, 2005
A1c (Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c), Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA:
I had routine blood work done last week. The doctor's office called and said a count they did was high 5.5, that anything above 4.3 is considered high and that I have early diabetes. I am scheduled for a glucose test and an A1c. Does this mean that I am diabetic? Both my parents are diabetics as were my paternal grandparents.
I am not sure what they measured. However, the fasting glucose is considered the gold standard for diagnosing diabetes. This test should be a blood draw through an arm vein and should be sent to the laboratory. It should not be performed on a fingerstick with a glucose meter. The hemoglobin A1c test is a test used to evaluate glucose control over a three-month period. However, the A1c is not a sensitive test for the diagnosis of diabetes, especially when the reading is within a percentage point of the normal range. I would suggest you have not been diagnosed yet and that these tests will be used to make a diagnosis.