A1c Levels and Blood Glucose Equivalents

By sexyswamprat Latest Reply 2008-11-15 09:08:14 -0600
Started 2008-11-14 16:41:19 -0600

This is just incase you don't know exactly were you fall or exactly what your number means.

A1c level% Avg glucose(mg/dl)
4.0 60
4.5-5.0 90 non diabetic
5.5-6.0 120 levels

6.50-7.0 150 slightly
7.50-8.0 180 elevated

8.5-9.0 210 elevated
9.5-10.0 240 levels

10.50-11.0 270
11.50-12.0 300 seriously
12.50-13.0 330 elevated
13.50-14.0 360 levels

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-11-14 22:56:22 -0600 Report

So a couple of important points when you discuss a scale like this. First, don't think that your 30-day average (or even a 90-day average if your meter does that) on your meter can be translated into an A1C. It doesn't work that way.

Your meter only takes a snapshot in time of your bs. The A1C measures your average over all your highs and all your lows and everything in between. So your 30-day average on your meter might be 120 and yet your A1C might be 8 or more. It's because they really are completely different measurements.

So make sure you are getting both kinds of tests. It's the only way to track your progress day-to-day and then also get the real test (A1C) of how you are doing overall.

caspersmama 2008-11-15 09:08:14 -0600 Report

That is so good advice John. Also my doctor says it may take a couple of A1Cs to really get a good idea of numbers because if you have a bad month then a good month it screws it all up. so one bad month you should not beat yourself up about.

anitamusser 2008-11-14 21:59:04 -0600 Report

I knew that the A1c is a 3 mo average of your bs counts but i did not know where the bs counts stood. That is very interesting. My a1c has been as high as 11 but my last a1c was 7.7 which means my counts were averaging around 180. It has been a long road to get my average down to 7.7 and i hope i can get it lower or at least not get it higher. Thanks for the info.

vgarrison 2008-11-14 16:43:57 -0600 Report


Thanks for posting this…I just found out today that my A1c level is 10.7…woo that was news to me. Most know that I was only diagnosed about 2 months ago, therefore I consider this a starting point and it will only go down from here. It is nice to have a list to see what I'm working towards…


sexyswamprat 2008-11-14 16:46:16 -0600 Report

Did you have a a1c done when you were dx?

sexyswamprat 2008-11-14 16:48:35 -0600 Report

I know I had no idea what my a1c meant when I was dx. And I was clueless, to say the least, for quite awhile. I'm glad my doctor gave me this chart. It was a big help.

vgarrison 2008-11-14 17:47:13 -0600 Report

Not that I know of…like I have said before my old doctor didn't do much of anything that I have come to find out is standard procedure. He said here take this insulin…when I went to see him again I told him my numbers were still too high, and he said ok here take this…that was about it…HMMMMM.


sexyswamprat 2008-11-14 18:24:28 -0600 Report

Yeah, I forgot you mentioned that. Well, it's great that now you know where you are as far as numbers go. I know you'll do a great job of bringing that number down.

sexyswamprat 2008-11-14 16:43:43 -0600 Report

I hope this is understandable. It didn't post they way I had it when I was typing it.

First numbers are a1c level %'s

Second number(the whole number) is avg glucose in mg/dl

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