Do you know what your A1C is?

By TRKnight2007 Latest Reply 2011-09-17 10:17:50 -0500
Started 2008-05-14 07:48:27 -0500

I was talking with someone yesterday and they relayed to me that they heard that most people do not know what an A1C test is, meaning they wouldn't know what their personal A1C is. Is this true? If you don't want to be identified, please post back as Anonymous in your reply. Thanks.

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SGMc 2008-05-19 01:41:23 -0500 Report

My last A1c was 6.0. My endocrinologist is thrilled. I started out at 14. He was not really happy until it was at 6. He still considered 7 too high. Our goal is that I not get the complications of diabetes.

Ginetteb 2008-05-24 04:45:40 -0500 Report

Here is something I found on Google. It helps to understand what 6, 7 or 16 means. So when my doctor tells me that my sugar should be 6, I know to keep it between 90 and 110.

Actually, a table might be more useful than the raw conversion factor, since we usually talk in approximations anyway.
Mmol/l means Mg/dl Interpretation
2.0 =35 Extremely low, danger of unconsciousness
3.0 = 55 Low, marginal – insulin reaction
4.0 = 75 Slightly low, first symptoms of lethargy, etc.
5.5 = 100 Mecca
5.6 = 90-110 Normal pre-prandial in non-diabetics
8.0 = 150 Normal – post-prandial in non-diabetics
10.0 = 180 Maximum post-prandial in non-diabetics
11.0 = 200
15.0 = 270 A little high to very high depending on patient
16.5 = 300
20.0 = 360 Getting up there
22 = 400 Max mg/dl for some meters and strips
33 = 600 High, danger of severe electrolyte imbalance


To convert mmol/l of HDL or LDL cholesterol to mg/dl, multiply by 39.
To convert mg/dl of HDL or LDL cholesterol to mmol/l, divide by 39.

To convert mmol/l of triglycerides to mg/dl, multiply by 89.
To convert mg/dl of triglycerides to mmol/l, divide by 89.

To convert umol (micromoles) /l of creatinine to mg/dl, divide by 88.
To convert mg/dl of creatinine to umol/l, multiply by 88.

Hope this is useful to you.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-05-17 04:41:21 -0500 Report

I make sure to know my A1C as mine fluctuates like the weather in WI. In February mine was 9.2 for no apparent reason and yesterday it was 7.0… No change in diet or exercise, just me I guess.(I'm the goof with a history of hypoglycemia turned diabetic )
Mine used to be in the 5.8-6.0 range most of the time with an occasional high one in between and I'm hoping for that again. I am now on metformin to see if we can bring it down again. Last time I tried this it went too low and I went back to the hypoglycemia realm. Fingers crossed!!

Bren62W 2008-05-16 20:53:18 -0500 Report

The last time mine was checked, about a month ago, it was 5.2. I thought it was great but I have a support person through our insurance who happens to be a diabetes care instructor. She said that sometimes when it gets that low they worry that you may not be having low blood sugar readings. Well I don't, mine are always between 110 and 190. I don't understand this. I thought if the test score was low that meant you weren't having a lot of high readings. Can someone please explain this to me?

SGMc 2008-05-19 01:38:11 -0500 Report

I had an illness a couple of years ago that caused me to go on steroids. They make your sugar go through the roof, so I ended up going on insulin. My A1c dropped to 4.9, but because I knew that sometimes my bloodsugars were in the 200s that should have been impossible. My sugar would drop like a stone with the insulin. I was having highs and lows and not much in between and it gave me an A1c that looked good, but it meant nothing in reality.

tonia - 14903
tonia - 14903 2008-05-15 17:32:32 -0500 Report

yes my last test was 23 so now i am trying to find out how i am doing to do much better but my sugers have been in the 300-450 so i need to see if i can get any more ways to get them to stay down

emeraldeyes 2008-05-15 13:49:53 -0500 Report

Yes I do because I have had the test done twice now, I will need to have it done again in the near future. It is good to know what you AC1 is because it can help you with your diabetes.

Pastork 2008-05-15 12:20:01 -0500 Report

Hi Amy,
I make a point of knowing my A1C. If my PCP doesn'tcheck it every three months, I remind her. I was spoiled though. I wasseen at the Joslin Center in Boston years ago as this point was stressed.

Cindy Riley
Cindy Riley 2008-05-15 12:35:21 -0500 Report

Hi Christine

I know that when I first found out that I was a Diabetic, the doctors used to tell me I needed to get my A1c under 7 ,at that time it was 16, not good I know, but now my A1c is 5,3 and I was told that I am doing fantastic, so as long as it is under 7 I think your doctor will say your doing fantastic

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-05-15 09:19:00 -0500 Report

I agree. Knowing your A1c is the most basic diabetes management requirement.

Actually, there are 5 key numbers we should all know, described in our book "Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes." See the Book Club section on this site for more info on it.

Christine - 14521
Christine - 14521 2008-05-14 08:04:26 -0500 Report

For many years now my doctor has done an A1C test. According to what he has said it is a blood test for your sugar level during the last 2 or 3 months. I do not understand what a good reading for this test would be. I know that he does not like readings in the teens and he is happier with 6's and 7's. What is the norm for type 1 diabetics?

CALpumper 2008-05-15 11:59:57 -0500 Report

Hi Christine,

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends an A1C of less than 7%.
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and the
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) suggest 6.5% or lower.

Mine is a whoppin' 8.7. My Endo wrote "not in range."

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