Have I Got A Chart For You To View!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-06-23 09:29:27 -0500
Started 2012-06-14 09:02:55 -0500

Hemoglobin A1c testing is one sure way to make sure that you're keeping your blood sugar levels under control.

Unlike other glucose tests, diabetes HbA1c test has a memory.

The great thing about hemoglobin A1c testing is that it averages your blood sugar levels for the past 2 - 3 months, giving you a more complete view of your overall health.

The higher your average blood glucose level, the higher the HbA1c test.

See the comparison chart below to see how hemoglobin A1c testing corresponds to average blood sugar levels:


Know what your blood glucose and HbA1c numbers mean!


15 replies

2012-06-20 00:18:20 -0500 Report

My A1C will never be below a 5,(now my A1C is @ an 11.8) but my BG#s go from being as low as a 10 (taken to hospital via ambulance) to as high as a 599. (that's how high my meter will register). Now after having T2 for 17 years, I'm about ready to give up on this bloody disease.

Tweatypie 2012-06-19 12:45:11 -0500 Report

My bs goes from as low as 21 to 300 and above but my A1c is 5.8 or ave. 114. I take my bs 10-15 times a day so I do watch it but it truly has a mind of its own that I cannot control. Been doing this since 1965 and it does not get any better with age. One reason I have to take it so often is because I can function during the day with it at 30 or so and not know it. Night time is kind of concerning because I take 5 different sleeping pills and that is the lowest I can get by with. There has only been a few times when I did not wake up but my guardian angel came and rescued me. I tried my best to use the cgm but it was always so off (sometimes by 100 points) that I gave up on it. It would beep that it was getting to high when after taking my bs it was getting way too low. I just could not trust it. I just thought I would add my little tidbit for the day. Good day to all :)

pixsidust 2012-06-15 09:37:46 -0500 Report

How accurate can that be when we have ups and downs most of time during the day or perhaps week? This is truly an honest question.

MAYS 2012-06-15 10:27:11 -0500 Report

A very good question indeed.
The purpose of the chart is two fold, because our numbers fluctuate, it gives you an idea of what your A1c number would be based on your daily blood glucose reading if you can keep it reasonable close to that number for an extended period of time.

I remember I had two sets of blood work done exactly one week apart from one another, my A1c numbers from the first week was 7.3 and the second week was a 7.6.

My test were done to determine the effects of one of my medications on my liver and the results shocked by doctors because they were wondering why my A1c numbers were steadily rising over the months, it was due to a reaction to the meds within my liver, causing it to release stored glucose into my bloodstream.

The chart is just great to have as a guideline as to what your A1c can possibly be if your blood glucose is kept within a certain parameter, it should never be used to replace an actual HbA1c test administered by your physician.


Caroltoo 2012-06-15 10:00:55 -0500 Report

It's accurate when you move from A1c to BGs because A1c is an average that takes into consideration all of the specific readings, high and low.

It's inaccurate to go from BG reading which is a specific "one second in time" look at your bg level and try to generalize that one reading across all the highs and lows of the last three months (your A1c reading). That would make it appear that your A1c reading bounces around all over in the course of a day and it doesn't because it's based in 3 months of cellular damage as read in the blood cells.

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