My A1c's 1980-2009

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-11-01 03:21:43 -0600
Started 2009-10-28 20:28:30 -0500

As part of my preparation for my taking part in the Joslin Medalist Study I am supposed to have a listing of all my A1c's that have ever been done. My doctor has been very cooperative but there are several gaps in the list. The years 1990-1994 were not available. There are many other other gaps as well. I hope this incomplete list will be acceptable at Joslin on Nov 30.

A1c's became available in 1976. My doctor started having his diabetic patients get A1c tests in 1980. Below are the A1c's that he was able to retrieve from his files.

1980…10.6, 9.6, 9.0
1984…9.2, 9.7, 8.9
1987…8.0, 9.8, 10.3
1988…10.5, 7.7, 7.7

1997…6.0, 5.4
1999…6.8, 6.7, 6.5
2000…6.3, 6.1, 5.5
2001…5.8, 6.0, 5.6, 6.0
2002…6.0, 6.4, 6.2, 6.0
2003…5.6, 5.4, 5.9
2004…5.9, 5.7, 5.8, 5.6
2005…5.6, 5.8
2006…5.6, 5.7
2007…5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1
2008…5.7, 5.9, 5.7, 5.6
2009…5.6, 5.8, 5.8

Notice the drop from the 10's to the 7's in early 1988. That is when I read an article in a magazine that said diabetics should follow a low carb diet. My doctors never told me that. Then about the start of the new century I was permitted to use basal/bolus control. In 2007 I started pumping. My A1c's have been very good during the new century.

I was diagnosed in 1945. I took only one injection of beef/pork insulin per day. That continued for more than 40 years. Can you imagine what my A1c's would have been during those years? Those were the years before my doctor started having my A1c's done.

I feel so lucky to be alive and healthy, without complications. Is it good genes? Is it the C-peptide in the beef/pork insulins? Maybe the Joslin Study will help answer those questions.

6 replies

imsuzie2 2009-11-01 03:21:43 -0600 Report

Richard, it is amazing to see the differences over the years, and the dramatic drop! Great job! Thanks for sharing. S2

mamaoak 2009-10-29 16:29:56 -0500 Report

you have done an excelent job it is amazing what one can a complish if you put your mind to staying well.

mayyes 2009-10-29 14:29:25 -0500 Report

I had no idea what a a1c was ,untile today ,bye reading about it today and I had a glus readding of 230 ,i never had a reading go so hight befor i was sick ,So when i saw the docter she tould what was my ac1 i had no idea what it was or anything . so today i read about it . my new plains are to go to doc every 3mo and get it checked out ,

Crashnot 2009-10-29 10:34:00 -0500 Report

There is a modest contingent of folks campaigning to get the beef & pork insulin back. I was on it up until the synthetic stuff came on the market. And my A1Cs are still high, 8ish, so hoping I can rope them in better with the pump and CGM. Now that I've been formally diagnosed with Celiac Disease (past Monday) hopefully I can get my carb craving under control as my body can actually absorb more nutrients!

Sarguillo 2009-10-28 20:31:33 -0500 Report

Wow Richard, I also would wonder what your A1C was back in the days.
My first doctor told me, cut out sugar, Never said, low carb.
Hell, it wasnt untill just 2 years ago that I took a refresher diabetes course that the teacher said and I quote "Carbs = sugar = Carbs" end quote.

Its funny how the mind set of care has changed just in the last 10 years.

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