A1c 5.1

By Bluegill88 Latest Reply 2011-11-24 01:04:04 -0600
Started 2011-10-21 16:59:51 -0500

My doctor says that this was agood reading. At first he said that when they took my blood work my sugar was 268, but when the tests came back my A1c was 5.1.
How did this happen?

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annesmith 2011-11-23 00:49:39 -0600 Report

I found that when my A1c was 5.9, my highs were in the 300s-600s, and my lows were in the 50s——not good. That is why I do not care for the A1c, because a nurse or doctor looks at that one number…5.9, then he or she says to me " OH…this is excellent…your averages are only 123 or 126." Then, they assume that my highs are RARE, as in they assume I hit around 160s for highs, and that I am consistently in the 90s and 120s——nothing could be farthest from the truth…so the next time I go in, I am showing them the wide range I have…I think it's great your A1c was 5.1—-maybe yours are more consistent than mine…that I do not know, so , didn't mean to scare you…I'm just so tired of being generically thrown in as " OH…hardly anything wrong with you." Sincerely, ANNE

Bluegill88 2011-11-23 08:21:26 -0600 Report

I really appreciate your information, because you told me something that I did not know. You know when I was in to see my Doctor hs did not mention my sugar until I asked him what about my sugar. He said it fine, and he look at my blood results and said your sugar count is 5.5 when they they took your last blood test.
I will keep looking at my everyday tests to see where I am.
Again thanks you for this information.

annesmith 2011-11-24 01:04:04 -0600 Report

You're welcome…I'm glad to be able to help other people, as on this site I have found everybody here is SO supportive…sincerely, ANNE

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-21 17:13:34 -0500 Report

What is the difference between A1C and the blood glucose measure obtained through daily self-monitoring?

A1C results, which tend to be measured at least 2 times a year as part of a visit with the doctor, measure average blood glucose control over the past 2 to 3 months. Results from the A1C test are reported in percentage points (i.e., A1C of 7%).

When people with diabetes test their blood glucose through daily self-monitoring, those results are reported in different units – mg/dl (i.e., 170 mg/dl). They represent the level of glucose in the blood at that moment in time, but do not give any indication of what the level is at other times of day.

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