A1C Numbers

By glee9349 Latest Reply 2011-05-20 16:27:13 -0500
Started 2011-04-13 14:05:33 -0500

I went to the diabeties center yesterday and i was wondering what peoples A1C is mine was 7.8 and they had to double the amount of insullin im on and that concerns me a real lot. Im so affraid of my numbers dropping down to quick if i dont eat enough but i would really like to know what other peoples A1C is so i can kinda compare. I hope you all read this and give me some suggestions other than diet to help. My diet they said from my log is excellent but my body is not responding well. And now they think i might have cussions syndrome and that could have something to do with my body not responding. I dont know if i have it yet im being tested but the A1C has me very worried.

55 replies

Nonna2Three 2011-05-19 16:30:05 -0500 Report

Quick update to my post below - I saw my doctor today and got my A1c from the blood draw taken Monday - I am down from 12.46 in January to 5.78 this week. I am ecstatic to say the least! :D

GabbyPA 2011-05-20 15:40:18 -0500 Report

Wow! How do you get such a huge drop?

Nonna2Three 2011-05-20 16:27:13 -0500 Report

Short answer: I eliminated sugars, reduced carbs and added exercise.

Long answer: I switched to a diet soda, stopped drinking hot chocolate every morning and eliminated sugar as much as possible. I switched to sugar free treats such as sugar-free pudding with sugar-free cool-whip, Murray's sugar-free cookie or Russel Stover sugar-free candies. I also reduced my carb intake to 50-55g per meal (and I actually come in below that for many meals). I track all my foods at http://www.everydayhealth.com/. I really like their Calorie Counter tool because it totals up my carbs for me as I go along.
I also added 1 hour of exercise 4 days a week - the Step-Aerobics on the Wii Fit Plus. I actually added hand weights last week because I have gotten to the point that the Step-Aerobics no longer make me feel as if I'm going to fall out from exaustion.

But . . . I also credit 500mg of Metformin twice a day.

GabbyPA 2011-05-17 12:32:39 -0500 Report

I just had my followup and my new A1c is 6.7. Down from 7.3 and all my other lab numbers showed improvement as well. So I am happy. I really want to push it this summer and see if I can get it into the 5's for my next visit in about 6 months.

glee9349 2011-04-17 15:18:41 -0500 Report

I know it does go up and down its just its been going up all the time never down. I am eating everything right and doing what im suppose to but i also have a kidney trasnplant that interferes a little and im in the process of getting my cussions syndrom tested to see if it has anything to do with it. Thanks for replying to me i appreciate it and ill just keep doing what i am and hope for the best.

glee9349 2011-04-17 10:39:06 -0500 Report

Thank guys it helps to get opinions and suggestions and especially your numbers give me an idea to go on.

Type1Lou 2011-04-16 15:49:31 -0500 Report

My last A1c was 7.1 in March, down from 7.2 in January and 7.5 last September
It's still too high for my liking. I want/need to get back into the sixes and preferably the low 6's. My best ever reading was 6 years ago when I got it to 5.9. I'm a type 1 on Lantus and Novolog and working with an endocrinologist to get better control.

CaliKo 2011-04-16 15:03:34 -0500 Report

My last A1C was 5.8. I find that daily exercise in addition to a good meal plan helps lower my blood glucose readings, and I seem to be improving on how well my body responds to insulin. I guess the exercise is helping to fight insulin resistance.

kelsey25 2011-04-16 09:03:58 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed with diabetes in January of this year and at that time my A1C was 11.1. I go next month to get my blood drawn again. Hope they are good. My sugars have been really good since going on meds and diet.

pkrick 2011-04-16 08:09:20 -0500 Report

My AIC has been around 7.8 too and my doctor wants me to get it down. Of course I have had my as high as 8.9 before I realized about the diabetes. I understand how you feel. It is difficult sometimes but remember if your sick your sugar will go high too.

eristar 2011-04-16 07:04:45 -0500 Report

My last two were 5.4 and 5.7. Quite a difference from my original 12.5 last May when I was diagnosed…

donna62M 2011-04-15 17:29:46 -0500 Report

my last A1C was 8.7…But I had been sick with asthma before hand and it is starting to come down…it was 9.3.

peggyjean47 2011-04-15 16:53:39 -0500 Report

my A1c from before was over 9 but that was when i was sick and had to have fempop surgery done on both legs for P.A.D and then had a heart attack and had to have double bypass open heart surgery, I am a good example of what can happen if you do not keep you blood suger normal, and if you do not take your medicine like you should or take care of yourself, i am only 47 and my health sucks, i did not take care of myself, and i have suffered because of it, i could not afford my medicine, i could not afford to go to dr, then i moved and found a clinic that goes on your income, on how much you pay the dr, and they really helped get my meds, then i got married and my husband put me on his health insurance

peggyjean47 2011-04-15 16:36:58 -0500 Report

my last A1C level was 7.2 and my dr put me on a symlin pen 120, you take the shot with your meals. i also take humalog with meals and lantus once a day, and symlin has the side affect that can help a person lose weight at first i was taking the symlinpen 60 ,and they bumped it up and it has really helped me keep better control on my numbers, right now i have been sick so my numbers have been high for 4 days , and before they had tryed the byetta pen, it also helps hunger and helps lose weight, but it did not help control my numbers,and keep glucose tablets or liquid and jel handy to help bring up low numbers.they also have an emergency glucose shot that the dr can subscribe for you but it is really expensive

Gimpalong 2011-04-16 16:56:09 -0500 Report

My last A1C was 6.5 which is high for me. I'm still trying to get BG's leveled out from using insulin and medications. I tried Byetta, but it nearly killed me. I lost 37 pounds in 4 days, but it caused me to have a pacreatic attack. I was in hospital for over a week. Now I'm on Novalog and Levermir Flex Pens. I take Novalog with meal and Levamir at bedtime. I use a sliding scale to determine what my dose will be. I also take Metformin twice a day—two in the morning with breakfast and one at bedtime. My numbers are gradually coming down, but they are still too high. I can yo-yo from 114 to 387 in a day. I recently moved, so I am adjusting to the move, but I am also having to deal with selling my home in OK and also selling furniture I didn't move. I know the stress is helping to make my numbers higher, but the stress is still there. Hang in there. We're all here for you. I hope that you can get the right combinations for you that work. Take care of you.

Have a great weekend,

Roy531 2011-04-15 08:34:29 -0500 Report

My last A1C which was last month was 6.0. It has gone up, don't know why haven't changed anything in my diet.

Nonna2Three 2011-04-15 08:17:43 -0500 Report

Mine was 12.46 when I was diagnosed in January. I go back next month for a follow up and will get my second A1c number. I expect it to be down since I am doing pretty well managing my numbers with Metformin, diet & exercise.

I started out with Lantus & Humalog injections when first diagnosed, but by making diet modifications and adding exercise I was keeping my numbers in control well enough that on day 40 of my diagnosis my doctor had me stop all insulin injections. And, so far I am still able to keep it fairly well controlled with my Metformin, diet & exercise. Well, just have to wait and see what next month's A1c says.

Good luck with the Cushing’s syndrome test - hopefully everything will check out okay for you.

EmiliaK 2011-04-14 20:28:10 -0500 Report

Aim at a number below 7.0

I would suggest that you use as a guideline for your meals the glycemic index lists. Anything foods that show a low number in the list will help you prevent your blood glucose levels from going to high. There are several websites that offer the lists. You can find them also at my website www.TheDiabetesClub.com.

DiabeticConnect is a great site for people with diabetes. You will find many people willing to help you with your questions, so don't be shy in asking.

Best wishes to you.

Tigereyze209 2011-04-14 13:18:17 -0500 Report

As I understand it, 7.0 is the baseline for okay, and too high. As a point of referance, my understanding is that 7.0 is equal to an average of about 150 on normal glucose readings. In other words, a bit high, but not considered dangerous. And from what I further understand, each whole number equates to about 10 points on the other scale, so an 8 is equal to about 160, and so on.
As we all know from being drilled into us, a fasting reading of over 120 is considered too high, while a reading of under about 180 a couple of hours after we eat is considered pretty good. My point is that our readings naturaly fluctuate throughout the day, so the A1C is not comparable to a single reading.
No surprise that the A1C is an overall average from your systems past three months, give or take. I seem to recall that the lowest they can measure is a 3. not sure if there is an upper limit, but over 10 is life threatening anyways… 4, 5 and 6 is considered very good and very well maintained. Over 7, you need to start making adjustments… and yes, you need to make them carefully, under the care and close advice and monitoring of your doctor.
Okay, hope this helps someone.. and if not, well, In the imortal words of Rosanna Danna (Old obscure Saturday Night Live referance.. sorry… side affect of being older) "Never Mind…"

kdroberts 2011-04-16 14:52:25 -0500 Report

A1c and blood sugar are different and measure different things. any relationship between them is an estimate and not a standard. 7 is the least strict A1c goal for a diabetic given by professional organizations, some others believe that is too high.

vvanata 2011-04-16 14:25:47 -0500 Report

Every whole point is way more than 10 points. I believe it is every tenth of a point is 10 points. My level when I started finally taking care of myself again was 11.3 which means my sugars were in the three hundreds most of the time. Doctors are good with 7 or less usually. To me 7.8 is a little high, but I would recommend some exercise to help bring that down. I think doubling the insulin was probably extreme, just small adjustments is probably all you needed.

MarkGThomas 2011-04-14 13:10:56 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed this week. My A1C was 14.

GabbyPA 2011-04-15 05:51:21 -0500 Report

Many of us start with high numbers like that when we are first diagnosed. You will be amazed at what a change in diet and some exercise will do for you in a short time. You will have that cut in half in no time.

kitcarson 2011-04-16 07:31:45 -0500 Report

i agree lost 50 pounds and i have never felt so good stopped smoking little changes make a world of differnce have a great weekend to all.

Tigereyze209 2011-04-14 12:53:40 -0500 Report

My A1C was tested yesterday at 7.5, down from 8.2 a couple of months ago. Better, but still need lots of improvement.

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Graylin Bee 2011-04-14 00:44:53 -0500 Report

I was 5.7 two weeks ago. Three months earlier I was 5.3. Had the upper respitory crud that made my BG go nuts and also the flu during the last few months.

glee9349 2011-04-13 21:54:07 -0500 Report

Thanks for your comments. I know with the docs helping me up my insullin and watch me. They said my diet is good and is very happy with that part. I do have other med problems that she said might disrupt the insullin absorption in my body. I guess i shouldnt worry to much but just always remember the things i need and not to do the things the docs say not to do. Again thank you guys this cite has been a life saver for me so i am blessed to have all of you who know what goes on with this particular medproblem.

RAYT721 2011-04-13 20:15:29 -0500 Report

I am a 6.5. The doctor seems happy with it under 7% so I'm happy that's he's happy. I have dropped 30 pounds since last January and went from "overweight" to "normal." I'm Normal??? :)

peggyjean47 2011-04-15 16:41:26 -0500 Report

i would love to be normal, but being not normal is more fun,lol congrats on the weight loss and good A1C number

Pynetree 2011-04-14 12:24:08 -0500 Report

Did you have him put that in writting!? Make him list it on your medical record! I would love to be "Normal"!!!!

melissa5786 2011-04-13 19:58:08 -0500 Report

I went to the doctor on Monday and my A1C was 6.5. He hasn't adjusted any meds and my weight loss is at a stand still. Hopefully I can keep these good numbers up with a little weight loss.

GabbyPA 2011-04-13 19:54:18 -0500 Report

An A1c of 7.8 leaves room for improvement and if you were not comfortable with what your doctor changed your dose to, you need to talk to him and express your concerns. If you are worried find out how you can avoid the lows. We don't have to just accept what they say, but you don't want to just not be compliant. You want to have an open dialogue with him about it and agree on a time to experiment and schedule a follow up to make sure you are safe.

edvel54 2011-04-13 17:19:28 -0500 Report

my last Ac1 was 6.0, but I know next time it will be higher. Doctor took me off Metformin and now I just take Januvia. I have went from being a steady 33 units of insulin to over 60 units. They said it will take the body time to reajusted. I hope it does it quick, I am tired of having mornings with high numbers

Lori1108 2011-04-13 14:30:56 -0500 Report

Very good! I don't know what my last one was being in and out of the hospital. I have been trying better meal plans and definitely staying away from fried foods. I am glad you can buy or find sugar free items just about anywhere.

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