A1C blood test

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2013-11-14 02:14:45 -0600
Started 2013-11-05 13:36:54 -0600

I took the A1C after eating breakfast and got the results of 7.4.This is not what I wanted. I have been going to my Diabetic Educator and my reading in my record book was showing improvement and my averages from the meter also showed improvement. I feel my A1C should have shown improvement also. Does the AlC after a meal show higher because directly after a meal? I worked so hard at this and now I have to wait for another three months before taking a test. Can anyone show some light on this?

8 replies

Vigneswari 2013-11-14 02:14:45 -0600 Report

I think or BG during night time is high…try checking during night as our liver sometimes gives extra glucose

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-09 21:38:53 -0600 Report

A1C is measured by the past three months. Actually 7.4, that's pretty good! :) It's better to be in the sixes but I'm currently at 7.4 also. It sucks and it's super hard to stay in complete control, but it does happen. Just don't give up and test often! :)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-06 13:34:33 -0600 Report

Agree with both Nick and Jigsaw, you might be having sneaky high bg happening. Random testing might help you find it. There are some foods or combinations of foods that can metabolize at slower or faster rates. If I only test 2 hours after eating something that makes me have a high spike an hour and a half after eating, but my bg has dropped by the 2 hour test dropped 30 to 50 points, I might think that I have done ok. There are some Salad Dressings that can make my BG run higher for 6 - 8 hours. Over the 3 month time frame this could add up to a higher A1c
Or, some people get higher BG readings if they check during or right after exercise. Sometimes or livers and pancreas just seem to like to drop high BG on us when we aren't aware of it, like in the middle of the night (or whenever ) we are sleeping.

jigsaw 2013-11-05 15:53:50 -0600 Report

During my 20 years of type 2 diabetes, I have experienced my share of frustrations. I have always managed to find a solution every time so far. Keep looking for answers, and gathering info like you are doing. I have never stopped gathering info, and learning about diabetes. I have also become more astute at managing my blood glucose, and in turn my a1c. Your experience is shared by many who are learning and becoming aware of how to manage their diabetes. With an open mind, patience, and determination, there is absolutely no doubt that you will achieve your goal! I say this because I know your goal is well within your reach and capabilities. It can appear tricky and illusive at times, but in time your efforts will come forth, and it will become much easier.

Nick1962 2013-11-05 14:25:07 -0600 Report

Not likely - an A1c is an average of the last 3 months. That one meal represents about 1/270th of a percent here. Chances are you're having some highs you're not catching which is real easy to do if you don't test a lot or test at the same times each day.

Flustrated 2013-11-06 11:31:15 -0600 Report

After that morning I got discouraged and ate dinner which was an oriental dish and chow main noodles in it. Boy did that glucose fly up. It took a couple of shots to straighten me out. Thank you for your reply. Next test I am going before lunch or fast. I can't believe it went up. I am determined to get a good A1C.

Nick1962 2013-11-06 11:50:08 -0600 Report

What time of day you have the A1c taken really doesn’t change the results because it’s an average for a long period. I found that frequent daily testing (10 or more times if you can afford the strips) of your BG gives you a better handle on what the true daily picture is. Not just before and after meals, but at random times during the day as well. The more numbers the better, and if you want to “crunch the numbers” you can get a reasonable ballpark of what your A1c will be using a simple formula, but it will only be accurate if you have a lot of daily numbers to use.

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