My A1c's, 1980-2011

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-07-21 12:42:24 -0500
Started 2012-05-02 20:43:45 -0500

My A1c's 1980-2011

I thought it might be interesting to some of you to see my A1c's starting in 1980. A1c testing was not available until 1976. My doc started A1c's with his patients in 1980. I was diagnosed in 1945 when I was 6 and I must have had very high blood sugar until about 1988. That is when my A1c's began improving. All that and I am alive after 66 years of Type 1, and I have no complications except for mild nerve damage. If you have a lot of high blood sugar after diagnosis, that does not necessarily mean that you will suffer diabetes complications. I am living proof of that. Do the very best you can and keep this in mind.

As part of my preparation for my taking part in the Joslin Medalist Study in 2009, I was supposed to have a listing of all my A1c's that have ever been done. My doctor was very cooperative, but there are several gaps in the list. The years 1990-1994 were not available.

Below are the A1c's that my doc was able to retrieve from his files. I have updated for 2010-2011.

1980…10.6, 9.6, 9.0
1984…9.2, 9.7, 8.9
1987…8.0, 9.8, 10.3
1988…10.5, 7.7, 7.7

1997…6.0, 5.4
1999…6.8, 6.7, 6.5
2000…6.3, 6.1, 5.5
2001…5.8, 6.0, 5.6, 6.0
2002…6.0, 6.4, 6.2, 6.0
2003…5.6, 5.4, 5.9
2004…5.9, 5.7, 5.8, 5.6
2005…5.6, 5.8
2006…5.6, 5.7
2007…5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1
2008…5.7, 5.9, 5.7, 5.6
2009…5.6, 5.8, 5.8
2010…5.7, 5.6, 5.6, 5.4
2011…5.7, 5.7, 5.8, 5.5

Notice the drop from the 10's to the 7's in early 1988. That is when I read an article in a magazine that said diabetics should follow a low carb diet. My doctors never told me that. Then about the start of the new century I was permitted to use basal/bolus control. In 2007 I started pumping. My A1c's have been very good during the new century because I finally knew what to do to get good control.

I took only one injection of beef/pork insulin per day during my first 40+ years. Can you imagine what my A1c's would have been during those years?

I feel so lucky to be alive and healthy, without complications. Is it good genes? Maybe the Joslin Study will help answer those questions.

15 replies

Controlled 2012-07-21 12:42:24 -0500 Report

This is so great. I hope it inspires everyone. I manage to stay in the low 5's but, like you, I managed to map the foods that work and don't work for me. It's great to read suggestions regarding what to eat from others, and the suggestions are always well-intended, but the truth is: you will only know from your own experience, activity level and testing.

Great job! Let's see more posts like this!

spartychemist 2012-05-14 09:29:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing Richard. I am 32 and I was diagnosed two months ago. I weighed 220 lbs and now after diet control and intense cardio I weigh 200 lbs. my sugar is under control too.

BrittanyP 2012-05-13 22:53:32 -0500 Report

This is awesome. I've had it for 21 years and had my lowest a1c of 6.5 last month. Its usually in the 7s, and its frustrating because I have a pump so I feel like I should be in better control.

Richard157 2012-05-14 09:21:42 -0500 Report

Brittany, if you can lower your A1c's to less than 6.5, and eventually to 6.0, you will be in great shape. I used the book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. It has helped me very much.

Andrea0823 2012-05-04 09:55:28 -0500 Report

Very cool, thank you for sharing this with us. . I feel like if I have an a1c of 7 I will die of horrible complications, it's good to know that yes it needs to be in the 6's but that having an a1c in the 7s isnt going to put me in kidney failure tomorrow… I'm 27 and have been diabetic since I was 11. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Richard157 2012-05-14 09:18:59 -0500 Report

Andrea, I worked several years to reduce my A1c to the 5's. It should be done gradually so you can avoid bad hypos. The book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh helped me very much. I don't know if you use insulin, but if you do, you might want to buy the book.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-03 05:54:09 -0500 Report

This is really interesting since I've only had my A1 c checked 3 times only because we are looking for a balance it scares me to think that I've been on a BG roller coaster lately and what it will do to my A1c. I am on a low carb diet, but still have lows sometimes. I've also had some highs since my dosages of insulin are still been changed. Its nerve racking and the stress doesn't help.

Richard157 2012-05-03 09:26:37 -0500 Report

You can be on a roller coaster and still have a good A1c. Highs and lows can compensate for each other and make the BG average good. For example, if you had tests: 48, 152, 31, and 169, the average is 100. The A1c would be good too. The A1c can be good, but the control can be rather poor. Good control is indicated by a good A1c accompanied by a stable control, without many highs and lows…and without any extreme highs and lows.

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