Info on A1Cs

By jelipscomb Latest Reply 2009-08-29 19:33:02 -0500
Started 2009-08-29 15:31:01 -0500

I've started tracking everything. What I eat,blood levels and I am starting today on tracking A1Cs.How do you lower it?I found out yesterday that my July's was 8.1 I know that's bad and I go for another test Monday.But what do I need to change or do to bring it down? Thanks for all your support and help!

4 replies

kdroberts 2009-08-29 19:33:02 -0500 Report

You could lower it by giving a lot of blood before you have it taken. I wouldn't recommend it though. The way that would actually be beneficial to you is to get your blood sugars under control. If you have a lot of lows then your A1c will go down and look good but in reality you would probably be better off with an A1c of 8.1 and no low blood sugar than you would with 6 or under and a lot of lows.

Just so you are aware, an A1c is usually taken about every 3 to 4 months because of what the test actually measures. You are getting yours pretty soon after your last one so you may not see as much difference as you would if you waited.

hbkunkel 2009-08-29 15:47:04 -0500 Report

You are on the right track by keeping track of everything. Are you on meds and taking them as you should? Be extra vigilant of your carb intake and make sure that it is under control but not too restrictive that you cause sugar lows. Keep us posted on your test results. You cannot worry on a day to day basis about what your A1C is. It is more important to try and keep your bs levels in control and if so then your A1C will also be lower. It is a test that determines your overall sugar level for the last 3 months. My doctor wants me at 6.5 or lower.

Judimar 2009-08-29 15:46:08 -0500 Report

Hi there!

Your A1C should go down as your blood sugar levels lower. Someone had posted a chart on blood sugar levels and A1C's a bit ago…I can't remember which thread it was on though sorry.

A1C is an average of what your blood sugar readings have been over a 3 month period.

Hope this helped. I am sure there is someone here who can better explain it or who may remember which discussion the chart was in.