By abdulhaq Latest Reply 2013-07-14 20:53:37 -0500
Started 2013-06-24 09:21:33 -0500

Hey everyone. Let's share our recent a1c levels. Mine's 6.6%. I'm 32, and type 1 diabetic since I was 7.

32 replies

trchmlls 2013-07-14 12:15:51 -0500 Report

I am sad to say mine last A1C was 8.8 4-15-13. I have improved my blood sugars numbers. I go to a new diabetic doctor 7-23-13.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-09 20:11:09 -0500 Report

My doctors want mine around 6. I'm about 8 now. I'm type 1 for 14 years about. Although an 8 isn't great I was 10 before, so it's come a long way!

Madmankm 2013-06-30 13:32:51 -0500 Report

Abulhaq, I dont know, since I cannot afford the meds been trying to eat it down.. lol Hopefully I can afford them in July when I saved enough!

abdulhaq 2013-06-29 09:55:48 -0500 Report

IronOreI am not saying the lower the better, I am saying 4% - 6%. That's to say that below 4% is considered as low.

abdulhaq 2013-06-26 10:15:07 -0500 Report

Given the latest developments in technology and everything. I think we diabetics should also aim for an a1c reading of 4% - 6%. Tough, but achievable! What's your say?

trchmlls 2013-07-14 12:18:42 -0500 Report

I think that is crazy. When I was first diagnosed in 2004. Below 7 was good. Now on Dr. Oz I seen 5.4 was the new standard. That will just make more people labeled as diabetic.

IronOre 2013-06-27 00:20:45 -0500 Report

why are you thinking 4% is good ??? people have died when they try to reach such a "goal" . Where do you get your information ???
6 - 6.9 is fine with me.
I have been T1 for 38 years with no problems at all, my latest was 6.8.
Please stop preaching that the lower, the better, you may kill somebody.

Type1Lou 2013-06-26 13:02:12 -0500 Report

An A1c reading of 4% is good for a non-diabetic and may be achievable for Type 2's who have great control of their blood sugars. (Some here on DC have been in the 4's.) IMHO, I think a 4% goal would place Type 1's at risk for some serious hypoglycemic episodes. At one time 5.8% was the high acceptable A1c for a non-diabetic with 5.9% to 7.0% indicative of an A1c for a diabetic with good control…but that may have been revised. The mmol blood sugar readings like those cited by denipink, below do not translate to the same A1c readings. Gary Scheiner, in his book "Think Like a Pancreas" has a neat chart showing average blood sugars in both mg/dl or mmol and the corresponding A1c. For example, an avg 8.3 mmol which is the same as an average 150 mg/dl would yield an A1c of 7. I found this interesting.

denipink 2013-06-26 07:26:56 -0500 Report

I am type 2 and have been diabetic for about 2 years i guess. Not sure exactly when but last night i forgot to take my 60 units Lantus. My BS reading this morn is 7.7. Not too bad. Would be nice if it were between 4 and 7. There is always next time :)


lorider70 2013-06-24 18:49:06 -0500 Report

Last A1C in April was 6.0. Previous was 6.8. Actually felt better with the 6.8; but blood pressure meds were changed so I'm thinking that's what accounts for feeling worse instead of better. Went from attenolol and lisinopril; to lisinopril and carvedilol…blood pressure dropped, but can't shake the "lousy feeling" since changing.

denipink 2013-06-26 07:23:23 -0500 Report

lorider, can you eat some fruit? Those natural sugars chase away the lousy feelings for me. When i feel down, mentally or physically, if i eat fruit i come right out of it. I eat only whole foods now, too, and now i have better energy and feel stronger. I eat from just 4 food groups: veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans and a bit of nuts and seeds.

Giving my body a break from meats, dairy, fish and processed foods.

I have healed an irritable bowel thru eating this way. I am going for the gold expecting all kinds of wonderful changes. The way i used to eat, including high fat, lots of salt, all kinds of foods from a box, etc. just mad me fat, sad and ashamed of myself.

I sure don't miss eating that way. Hope you can find a good solution to feeling lousy. Taking meds is very hard on our system so good food really soothes and heals.

abdulhaq 2013-06-24 15:27:20 -0500 Report

That's very good control, keep it up. The best I remember was 6.1%. The worst was 9.4% a few years back.

Type1Lou 2013-06-24 14:53:02 -0500 Report

My last a1c was 6.7 and was in May. I have been a Type 1 for 37 years and am 64 years old. The lowest I remember getting it was 5.9 and the highest a few years back, before going on an insulin pump, was 7.3. It may have been higher in my earlier years coping with the disease but either the test didn't exist or I've lost the records, I'm happy to be back in the 6's and hope the next one is in the lower 6's.