Friday, January 13, 2012

A1c -- What the heck does it mean?

Don't look away, writers. Your A1c is important to you, too! Especially if you are crossing into 40 or 50. If you've been sitting in front of your computer so long, you've put on a few extra pounds. A1c tells the doctors alot about how diabetic you've become [Type II].

I'm a Type I, Insulin Dependent Diabetic.
This pancreas ain't makin' no juice. Uh uh. No way, no how.
Even with some debate on the value of the A1c result, I like the look it gives me at how I'm doing.

A1c is a number, based on calculations, that represents our average blood glucose over three months.
Your average, non diabetic will have an A1c of about 5, with blood sugars that range from 70 to 110.

So let's look at the chart:
A1c = mg/dl
13 = 326
12 = 298
11 = 269
10 = 240
9  = 212
8  = 183
7  = 154
6  = 126

So when you go to the doctor and you have a 6.5 or a 7, and the doctor says, that's good or that's not bad. You can say, "No. I don't think so. That number puts me at about 140 mg/dl, on average. That's not going to work for me."

As usual, i'm not your doctor and there are circumstances in which you might lean on the side of caution. For example, young children who are not always as adept at identifying lows would want a sugar level that sticks as close to 6 or even 7 as possible. For sure, any changes in your care should be talked about with your doctor or caregiver. :D :D

Enjoy your weekend!
I'm looking forward to an extra day with my husband and kids, to sunny skies and relaxation.
Not to mention, I'll be writing.
With Love,
Bethanne

1 comment:

  1. Awesome Bethanne!! You'll always be my teacher...loved the way you explained everything. thanks friend....deb

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