By Lelebell82 Latest Reply 2015-12-30 19:49:12 -0600
Started 2014-03-26 12:41:17 -0500

Hey friends-I went to the doctor on Monday and she tested my A1C it wad 6.4. She said anything under 7 is good but I have heard different before. Any thoughts?

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cmbcrosby 2015-12-30 19:49:12 -0600 Report

I am 8.8 and on 2000 metaformin trying to get my numbers under control. Fasting 250-299' night time around 300-350

Glucerna 2014-03-26 21:57:23 -0500 Report

A1c <7 is usually considered the goal because that was achieved in the DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial). The goal of the study was intensive BG management as close as possible to an A1c of 6 to study the effect on long-term complications of diabetes. Study participants were able to get below an A1c of 7 and saw dramatic reductions in risk of complications. There's more info here: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/control/ ~Lynn @Glucerna

ashley50 2014-03-26 21:05:20 -0500 Report

Mine was 7.7 and my endo said that was good for being my age. Which is 19. But said 6.5 is the best. :)

Type1Lou 2014-03-26 15:30:08 -0500 Report

Anything under seven is considered good for a person with diabetes…although, personally, I like the low 6's. (still working to get back there!) At one time an A1c of 5.8 was considered the high end of normal for someone without diabetes…I'm not sure that still holds. 6.4 indicates you are in control of your diabetes…good work! Congratulations!

jigsaw 2014-03-26 13:04:39 -0500 Report

That's a number to be proud of! I've been 6.0 to 6.2 for 20 years, and I'm doing well. There are different opinions on the subject. Usually, the medications that one is taking can be a part of the determining factor as to how low your A1C should be. If your on insulin for example, your doctor might use caution in determining a low A!C goal. I've been told by my endo that this is a precaution to avoid potential hypos. If your not on insulin, then some doctors may feel comfortable with a lower number. In either case, during the twenty years that I've had diabetes, every diabetes specialist that I have ever met felt that an A1C between 6.0 and 6,5 was quite good.
For what it's worth, my opinion, keep up the good work, you are doing fine!

haoleboy 2014-03-26 13:03:23 -0500 Report

I recently saw a neurologist for my neuropathy and he strongly recommended an A1C of less than 6.0 to prevent the neuropathy from progressing and avoiding further complications.
I found this article informative: http://goo.gl/ZSKa2V


GabbyPA 2014-03-26 12:46:27 -0500 Report

Most doctors are happy with anything under 7 and will generally take you off a quarterly visit to every 6 months.. So you are doing great. If you guys have set a new goal for lower that is good too.