a1c reading

By rubytinker Latest Reply 2014-02-22 12:46:20 -0600
Started 2014-02-21 05:07:18 -0600

Please pardon what must seem like a simple question, but what is an a1c reading and how do you get it? I misunderstood on my profile and entered my blood sugar reading. I have tried searching internet, but have only a little nook reader to do so and it often will not pull up the articles I find so that I can read them. Thanks in advance.

4 replies

rubytinker 2014-02-21 20:16:49 -0600 Report

Thank you both for the excellent and kind information. I was diagnosed with both diabetes and rhumatoid arthritis in the same afternoon! It seems my head has been spinning since then trying to learn and manage so many things. I'm so glad I found this site with such generous and helpful people like yourselves.

Glucerna 2014-02-22 12:46:20 -0600 Report

Ruby, you have a lot on your plate and I'm glad you're looking for information to help you manage both diagnoses. You're making an excellent start! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-02-21 15:35:33 -0600 Report

Hi Ruby. James gave you excellent information and I encourage you to talk with your doctor about your current A1c level, and also where she wants your A1c to be. An A1c below 7 is recommended to avoid potential complications of diabetes, but sometimes physicians have a different A1c goal for you depending on your individual situation. You also can ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes education program where you will learn even more about diabetes and how to manage it. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-02-21 05:35:21 -0600 Report

Howdy Ruby!

A1c is shortened version of "Hemoglobin A1c" It is a test which tests a particular protein in the blood which gives an average of all the Blood Glucose (BG) readings for the past 90 days, weighted toward the most recent readings. Blood cells have a life span of Approx 90 days as new blood cells are continuously formed and also destroyed, having been worn out. Blood Glucose sticks to a protein on the new blood cell which gives an averge range of BG readings over the past 90 days.

The A1c used to be done through a blood test done in a Dr's office or a lab, but recent years a personal A1c meter is available fo consumers using a meter and a strip, much like a glucometer.

So the only way one can get an A1c reading, is through a blood test done through a Dr's office, or through reading from an A1c meter.

God's best to you


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