By collinsvannah Latest Reply 2014-09-01 21:45:40 -0500
Started 2014-08-31 23:51:31 -0500

So I have my A1C test at the end of this week and I checked my meter as it says my average BG for this month is 230, so my A 1C would be 9.65(looked it up). I was wondering if I could get my A1C lowered if I kept a strict eye on my levels this week? Let's say I keep my numbers at 120, how much would my A1C be lowered?

Tags: a1c

6 replies

haoleboy 2014-09-01 14:21:06 -0500 Report

A1c in theory returns an average blood glucose percentage over a 30 day period weighted slightly towards the last 3 weeks or so prior to the test.
my suggestion … start "cramming" now for the next one.
I play a lot of little mind games with myself, one being is that I 'pretend' that my next labs are in a week. Silly I know, but it helps me to stay on the straight and narrow at times when I am tempted go revert to my old lifestyle


rolly123 2014-09-01 14:12:50 -0500 Report

I have question on a1c I had blood sugar in April May June between 120 to 175 but in June July aug it was 156 to 190 fasting all day in 200 ! When went for my a1c two week ago my a1c went to 7.9 did my blood sugar in April through June helped my number ! So didn't go to 8 9 like told be?

jayabee52 2014-09-01 09:28:30 -0500 Report

Howdy Collins
I agree with iron and Lou.
One week of "cramming" for the test will not signifigntly affect one's A1c.

There may be a way of affecting your A1c BUT I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT AS IT IS VERY DANGEROUS! You could slip into a coma and even die!

My 2nd wife had when she was living, BG levels in the 300 mg/dl range. Yet one of those times her A1c was somewhere in the 6s. When I asked her Endo about it he suggested that she must have had some exceptionaly low hypos to affect her A1c this way. She didn't intend to do that but it was very dangerous to her.

There will be other A1c tests later on and you can affect those A1c by keeping your BG (blood glusose) under better control.

Praying for better future A1c for you


IronOre 2014-09-01 08:32:23 -0500 Report

I agree with what Type1Lou stated.
Maybe think more long term than short term.
If you keep your number around 120 then you should be just fine,.

Type1Lou 2014-09-01 08:18:31 -0500 Report

The short answer is "No". The HbA1c is a test that "provides..an overall blood sugar average for approximately the past two or three months." (Gary Scheiner in "Think Like A Pancreas".) While strict control the week before you blood test might make your A1c a bit lower, the A1c will reflect the average of your control over the past several months. Rather than controlling your BG levels to "pass" this A1c, concentrate your efforts on gaining better consistently overall control so that the following A1c will show better results.

Next Discussion: Changes to regimen »