I'm confused about::

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2012-02-10 03:36:00 -0600
Started 2012-02-07 08:57:19 -0600

I have been keeping up with BS testing in the A.M., but am still confused on the pre-diabetic diagnosis. My levels normally stay under 100 unless I do a no-no. So if someone can shed some light for me on A1c v BS readings Please I will try & understand or ask more questions…Am not getting anywhere with the doctor. I learn more here!!

Thank you

14 replies

jigsaw 2012-02-07 09:47:11 -0600 Report

Hi kaiya2465…To simplify, a1c is the average of your bg readings over a 3 to 4 month period. A few highs and lows here and there can have an effect on your avg. or a1c. The numbers that you mention for your bg and a1c appear to make sense to me. By the way, those are great numbers! Good job!!!

kaiya2465 2012-02-07 09:50:47 -0600 Report

Ok, understand somewhat, but what determines a person as an actual T2 Diabetic? Wondering so I can keep an eye on things or if I just keep up with my life the way it is. As in: healthy eating & exercise, etc..
Thank you

GabbyPA 2012-02-07 10:32:00 -0600 Report

The fact that you have an A1c that is on the high end of normal is an indicator. That doesn't change. Once you exceed the "non-diabetic" threshold, you have diabetes. A non-diabetic person will never exceed a single reading of 140, no matter how much sugar they consume. So once you have readings at anytime that exceed that, diabetes is in the cards.

kaiya2465 2012-02-07 10:34:51 -0600 Report

Gabby: Understand, Thank you…One more question once a diabetic, always a diabetic? T2 I mean I read somewhere that it can be reversed is that true?

jigsaw 2012-02-07 10:58:53 -0600 Report

Reversed yes, cured no! Reverse simply implies that you can keep your diabetes well managed and keep your related #s (bg, a1c etc. ) within normal range. Unfortunately, once you are type 2 or type one, its is usually permanent. Gestational diabetes is an exception.

kaiya2465 2012-02-07 11:01:48 -0600 Report

Jigsaw: Thank you, now I think I understand. I am keeping my #'s ain an acceptable area, that is good to know.

GabbyPA 2012-02-07 09:19:52 -0600 Report

Here is a chart on it that might help you understand what daily numbers create an A1c


Her is the discussion it came from http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/11713-a1c-results-chart

I hope this helps. Then you can print it out and take it to your doctor and do some educating yourself.

kaiya2465 2012-02-07 09:28:14 -0600 Report

Gabby: I remember that chart but it is just as confusing for me…Last A1c was 5.3 BS was 97. That is the confusing part I just am not understanding I think.

Nick1962 2012-02-07 10:27:16 -0600 Report

kaiya, when you say your BG was 97, was that an average?
By my calculations, if 97 was your average your A1c should be around 4.8.
A 5.3 A1c would work out to an average BG of 112.

GabbyPA 2012-02-07 10:24:35 -0600 Report

A1c is an average, not an absolute number. Unless you are on a continuous glucose monitor, you don't see every number your body has. A fasting 97 is good, but there are other things that cause it to fluctuate during the day. That is what the A1c reads. It is because glucose sticks to our red blood cells for up to 3 months. That is what they are looking at there.

annesmith 2012-02-07 22:31:36 -0600 Report

This is extremely true. I'm a brittle diabetic, so, for example, every time my A1c was 5.9, I tracked back my very unstable numbers, and in my case they were approximately on any given day: 350, 58, 600, 300, 220, 50, 68, 90, 50, 500…so, the A1c means VERY little to me…sorry to sound so hostile, no offense meant to anybody, but that A1c is not a good measurement in my case, as every day my numbers change so quickly and rapidly, that that darned average makes it look as though I am in excellent health…makes me very very mad, frustrated beyond belief…I am SICK and tired of nurses that glance at my A1c and say " Oh…hardly anything wrong with you." YET, if I had a expensive insurance or equivalent, they would be kind, nice, and maybe see me for who I am, and not treat me like I'm just a patient quickly passing through. I apologize for my anger, but, seriously, it's very frustrating. Every time I see a doctor now ( still looking for a new endo and am getting closer), I have to bend over backwards and then some more to get them to see an A1c of 5.9 for me doesn't mean that everyday I consistently had a blood sugar of 126. The A1c I think is great being it probably helps a lot of people…this is wonderful, but, I'm so darned frustrated…ANNE

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