A1C test..

By jupton1 Latest Reply 2011-10-20 15:48:49 -0500
Started 2008-07-14 03:58:04 -0500

Hi everyone I just wanted to say how important it is to have your A1C test done at least 3 times a year..I had mine done today,last time it was 6.0 this time it was 6.3..I knew it would be a bit higher because I went off my diet a few times.I couldnt believe that 5 or 6 slip ups made it jump.Well I guess thats still not bad.So what I wanted to no is how many times a year do You get Your A1C checked?When was the last time You had a test?Feel free to tell Your last A1C #.. I feel this is realy important to stay healthy…For those that dont no this is a bit of info..What does the test result mean?
A 1% change in an A1c result reflects a change of about 30 mg/dL (1.67 mmol/L) in average blood glucose. For instance, an A1c of 6% corresponds to an average glucose of 135 mg/dL (7.5 mmol/L), while an A1c of 9% corresponds to an average glucose of 240 mg/dL (13.5 mmol/L). The closer a diabetic can keep their A1c to 6%, the better their diabetes is in control. As the A1c increases, so does the risk of complications.
Bear in mind that the correlation between mean plasma glucose (MPG) levels and A1c levels is an estimation only, dependent on methodology used for the calculation as well as other factors, such as the red blood cells life span. The exact MPG value reported on your laboratory report may not coincide exactly with the formula given above..

79 replies

snuggles071 2011-10-20 15:48:49 -0500 Report

was diagnosed in june my a1c was 10.8 just got my new one at 5.8 my dr upd my metformin which im not happy about

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-29 09:54:05 -0500 Report

I have been holding my AC1 test to about 5.6 -5.8 this past year. My MD is happy with that. If hes happy, I'm happy…

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-10-28 13:30:01 -0500 Report

After a week-long cruise where I didn't miss a dessert, including the midnight chocolate buffet, I was pleased to read that my A1c was 5.5, the lowest it's been in 10 years. Lipid panel was good, too, but I take a mess of pills for that. Still only taking 1000 mg metformin 2x/day for diabetes. Now, if I just get get rid of this headache!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-10-24 12:50:41 -0500 Report

I had mine 8-26 and it was 6.1 It's the only one I have had since I was just told I had diabetes July 2. Not bad. I go get my blood work done in the morning. Hopefully chlos. is down. Dr said it should be since my sugar levels have been dropping.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-10-29 09:45:25 -0500 Report

Just got my blood test results. Chol total 171, Tri 134, Hdl 44 and ldl 100. Much better than in June Chol. total 208, tri 409, Hdl 54 and ldl too high to count. My a1c test was up though at 6.4. Got to get focused and bring that down.

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-08 12:56:27 -0500 Report

Just got mine back! A1c-5.5% Dr. was happy and I am Happy!!

Lanore 2008-10-09 01:09:25 -0500 Report

Great number Nam…I go for mine on mon hope it's taht good.I will take what is was the last time as well. (6.7) We will see. Lanore :-)

whateverdidi 2008-09-24 12:25:42 -0500 Report

the only negative thing about the A1C is it is just an average. you may be 350 one day and 45 the next. it is not a good diagnostic tool to be used alone. you should always check your blood sugar fasting and throughout the day to get your true reading.

2008-09-24 11:21:59 -0500 Report

I did not know any of this, but I will definitely check it against his test results I have from last week. Then I will understand better what you are saying and what needs work. Thanks

liz2857 2008-08-20 05:32:50 -0500 Report

I just got my A1C test results back its 6.2 the last one was 6.7,also my HDL is 36 Dr.said thats low.So I'll be talking to him to whats up.(((hugs)))Liz

beauty416 2008-08-02 08:53:19 -0500 Report

I have my A1C test done 4 times a year. Every 3 months. I just had my done this past Wednesday ( 7-30-08). I have not got my result yet but when I do I will let you know what it is.

Goddess 2008-08-02 01:25:46 -0500 Report

If your A1C is good along with your other tests. How is it possible to have high BS all the time?????

Lanore 2008-08-02 03:16:13 -0500 Report

Hi1 Miesery,
It's not your Ac1 would be high as well your B/S would let you know this. There is a scale that I don't have, but I am sure someone does here. That will tell you waht your Ac1 number will be if your B/S ranger is high. My last test was hgih in the 200's and my Ac1 was 8.7. This time around I tested in the 80-100 range and my Ac1 was 6.7. Just an example. Lanore

noel7 2008-07-30 14:31:22 -0500 Report

today 7/30 my a1c is 7.4 compare to 9.1 a month ago.

morris.js 2008-07-30 14:37:03 -0500 Report

That is terrific news!!!! Congratulations, you did a great job in such short time.
Keep up the good work, and keep us posted on your progress.

liz2857 2008-07-30 14:53:17 -0500 Report

Great job Noel!!! keep up the good work :-) Liz

Elfin 2008-07-30 23:45:48 -0500 Report

I have been tracking this thread for quite a while now and I see the absolute necessity for the A1c. It is our benchmark.
I am concerned that some folks, like my daughter, who don't have adequate medical care have no idea what their A1c is. So my question: has anyone tried the A1c home tests? If so how often do they use them? I don't know how expensive they are or how accurate.

I find my doc doesn't think too much of the accuracy of our meters, because of the discrepancy between his lab's results and mine. Still my A1c is going down pretty steadily. The major benefit of our consistent use of meters is that we can track the trends; when we do something that reduces our readings we rejoice chuckle chuckle and when it increases it we weep ;-(. So accuracy aside, it is soooooo important to keep testing.

Lanore 2008-07-31 02:44:43 -0500 Report

Hi Elfin,
I think any Dr will agree that no meter is 100% but they do give us an idea of how we are doing, and i agree we do get very happy when things are doing great as I do this past week with my good Ac1 reading 6.7 down from 8.6.and when weep when it is bad. This tihng with diabetes is an up hill climb, and one that I get tired of fighting. I will say it is very important that we test. : ) Lanore

morris.js 2008-07-31 02:59:31 -0500 Report

Hi Lanore, I just wanted to add a little side note to your reply. Yes, fighting Diabetes is an ongoing battle that we do get tired of fighting, but on the other hand, it is because of this disease that my life is more rewarding. I am much healtier now that I take proper steps to control my levels, my life has new meaning, and look at all the wonderful people I have met and become friends with on this site. So even though it is an up hill climb, it is one well worth continuing to take.
((((HUGS)))) John

Elfin 2008-07-31 04:44:00 -0500 Report

Right on John! I am so much more conscious of my health now, and am taking control of my life better (always with God's help). Just knowing so many folks out there care enough to contribute to this site is uplifting. We're there for each other and we understand some of what you are going through so we can urge everyone to be positive in their own lives. Be positive. :-)…golly that sounds like a grade…P+. Beat the depression here with friends. Avoid negative thoughts and here's a grade you will skip…N-. Lee

BobMWade 2008-07-28 21:02:37 -0500 Report

Mine was tested to be 10.6 about 3 weeks ago, I have it checked every 6 months. This is when I started on insulin, my blood sugar tested at 564. It has taken 3 weeks but now it is ranging between 185-275. The first two weeks i was on Lantus insulin but that didn't really help very much. Now I'm on Humulin and it seems to be working. I have changed my diet drastically and so far have lost 3 inches off my waist, but with all the insulin I'm taking 2 shots of 30 units a day(adding one unit every day), and Metformin I don't understand why it isn't going lower quicker.

My doctor has me eating nothing but lean hamburger 93/7 meat(grilled) and green veggies. I only drink water (about 12 bottles) and no more than 2 diet dr. peppers a day. I was eating out twice a week but now I'm thinking I need to stop that.

Lanore 2008-07-29 03:00:53 -0500 Report

Hi Bob It takes time for your numbers to come down, you are going the right things, stay on track we are here to help as well. My best to you. : ) Lanore

liz2857 2008-07-30 14:56:47 -0500 Report

I think your doing great Bob!! 3 inches off your waist! Thats great!and your numbers will start coming down also,be patient,((hugs)) Liz

patti 2008-07-28 11:11:07 -0500 Report

Just got back from the docs. A1c was 7.9 a bit high but have been on steroids for 7 of the last 9 months. He didnt test 3 mths ago, So he is not too worried but I have to go back and it tested in 3 mths. Will get the rest of the labs back in a couple of days.

Linda1965 2008-07-26 15:04:10 -0500 Report

I am really confused!! I was diagnose dwith diabetes at age 5, so mine is childhood onset Type 1 whixh I sunderstand is a different ballpark from any other type of diabetes. My last A1c was 5.7. I was thrilled! I went on an insulin pump about 2 years ago and my control has improved dramatically since then. My endocrinoligist's PA who I see once a year, didn't seem as happy as I was. Her only comment was that she believed I was having some lows that I didn't realize! All I ever heard from doctors before was that my sugars were too high! Whatever happened to "rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep"?!! Also, a few months ago I was at the eye doctor for my dilated eye exam. I usually do not go to these appointments alone, but this was late on a Friday afternoon and I was having trouble finding a ride. I told my husband I would see how my vision was when I left the doctor, and if it was too bad, I would wait until he got off work to come get me. My vision was a little "off", and when I pulled my glucose meter out ot use, I figured I couldn't read the screen, so I put it away again. I drove about I drove about 5 miles towards home, even driving through a city, and stopped at a store. When I went to the deli, they told me the deli was closed. That was the first clue I had that it was later than I thought. I was within 3 milesof home when I became extremely disoriented and would up in a field. Someone called the police, and they and the paramedics arrived about the time my cell phone rang. My husband called, and I simply handed the phone out the window to the policeman to tell him where I was because I had no idea! My husband arriced as they were getting ready to start an IV, and he convinced them to wait long enough to see if he could get some Mt Dew(my quick-fix for lows) in me They had not checked my BS until my husband asked them to do so. It was 20! The policeman was demanding answers from me that I couldn't give while the paramedics were still talking to me. I think the police and the paramedics need more training on recognizing and dealing with hypoglycemia. I was so thankful that no one else was involved or hurt. I realized later that I had waited way beyond my appointment time before the doctor even saw me. I was sitting in the waiting room almost by myself and was almost asleep when they came for me. My question is, shouldn't they have in some way mentioned how long I had waited, or mentioned the risk of driving with my eye dilated? What responsibility does the doctor's office hold? I didn't realize my low BS symptoms, because my first sign is usually my vision. Also, regarding letting the DMV know about being on insulin -I was on insulin when I got my driver's license 27 years ago, and I wasn't asked any questions. I had no idea you should let them know if you are on insulin!

Patty H
Patty H 2008-07-26 08:12:16 -0500 Report

I have mine checked every three months also and the last one was 6.4. I'm working really hard to get it down below 6.0

morris.js 2008-07-22 11:00:09 -0500 Report

My highest was 12.3 in the "Early Years"…LOL The last was 6.5, not great, but not bad for me either. I test every 3-4 months. i always get a copy of my bloodwork results as I like to track everything from A1c to Cholesterol, to the basic metabolic panel, which includes such things as Sodium, Potassium, Creatinine, Carbon Dioxide, Etc. I always see where I was, and where I am now. I keep a pretty good log of my food, activity and so on, so I can actualy track what affects certain things, and by how much.

Elfin 2008-07-20 22:55:11 -0500 Report

The A1c does fluctuate with stress and weight loss. I believe stress was what pushed me over into diabetes because I was diagnosed shortly after my son was killed.
A1c is a great way to see how you are progressing in your blood glucose control. I started out a couple of years ago with a 12 and have consistently gone down to the lower to mid 6s. My last reading was 6.2, and I am tested every 3 months. I know I will do better if my weight loss continues which it has since I removed asparatame and splenda from my diet. We are experimenting with xylitol, agave and stevia for sweeteners and using much less processed foods.

Gin - 18074
Gin - 18074 2008-07-21 04:44:59 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed at 13 but only had to start taking meds about 3 yrs ago after a serious sickness. I've been going to my Dr. since then. I started with insulin then due to a recent allergic reaction to the insulin he has me on metformin and amaryl. He has never ordered any tests. Could they have done them when I was in the hospital? But that has only been 3 times in the last 3 yrs.

Ella Adams
Ella Adams 2008-08-23 14:27:35 -0500 Report

Just read your post and am wondering about what you said about Splenda and Equal. Does that run your sugar up?? I use Splenda a lot.Please let me know what the deal is on those> Thanks

Jeanetta 2008-07-20 14:07:50 -0500 Report

I am waiting on the results of my first test. I should receive it tomorrow. I am not even sure what is going on at this point. I am learning a lot from all of you guys. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. THANKS/ Jeanetta

Gin - 18074
Gin - 18074 2008-07-20 14:20:38 -0500 Report

This may sound strange. But my Dr has never sent me for that test. Is that unusual? Would they do it in the hospital if you were admitted for a few days?

Lanore 2008-07-21 04:08:05 -0500 Report

Hi Gin,
I would be asking my Dr why he/she has not done that test. How long have you been a diabetic?? It's veri important to have this test done every 3 month as it tells you how your body is doing, the lower the number the better. Mt best to you. Lanore

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-07-22 03:08:17 -0500 Report

If your doctor is supposed to be treating your diabetes, and has not talked to you about the A1c test, then it's time to find a new doctor!

The A1c is currently considered the "gold standard" test of your ongoing blood sugar control. How else can you and your doctor know how you are doing?

seawolf1944 2008-07-17 10:22:22 -0500 Report

Hello, My doctor does my A1C test every three months. My last was done Tuesday of last week. I have never asked about my results, I just assumed that sice,My meds was't changed that,The results were ok. However with diabetes, one should never assume anything. However, We are the ones with diabetes. I plan on contacting my doctor and asking for a copy of the test results.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-17 10:53:35 -0500 Report

I hope your numbers are good. I am fortunate to be part of a medical group that has an online site to access my medical information. I received an email today to check my account for new tests results. It has my medical history so I can track my progress and makes me feel I have more control over my health. I am grateful I was diagnosed at the beginning of the disease so that I can live a long life.

Take care-


seawolf1944 2008-07-18 03:45:18 -0500 Report

Hello DiabetesDiva, I think that being able to access your medical information on line is terrific. However, Im somewhat concerned about the possibilty that, the medical history of a person could be compromised by a hacker. The medical history of a person should be confidential and shared between the patient,Medical support staff and desginated family members. A security mechanism should be in place to protect medical information from unwarranted access by unauthorized people.

kdroberts 2008-07-18 04:47:18 -0500 Report

Check out the HIPAA laws, the security has to be there. Even if you don't have online access to your records they are being sent electronically to insurance companies, sometimes making 2 or 3 stops along the way, they are in databases and generally available. However, they are generally locked down very tightly and by law you can ask anyone who has your health record who has seen it and they have to list every single person that's viewed your record for whatever reason.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-22 04:00:53 -0500 Report

I'm aware of the laws as I work in HR. My last job was with an internet security company. Since I live In Silicone Valley, I am confident the site is as secure as possible. There have been reports of paper medical records being found in dumpsters. My medical group uses computer records instead of paper. That not only helps the environment, but gives each specialist I see access to my medical history.


Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-07-23 12:16:31 -0500 Report

I have been keeping copies of all my lab reports, imaging exams, and surgery records for about 30 years in a notebook that I take to every doctor's appointment. (I cull the lab reports to include only the past 6 months.) There are 5 docs on my medical team providing an assortment of regular care. My having these reports saves them time from looking through my chart and I am then definitly part of the team when planning my care. I also create spread sheets of my medical history that I have downloaded to my PalmPilot as well as my current medication list so I don't miss anything in case there's an emergency. As well, I wear my Medic Alert ID. I know that when there's an emergency I don't think as well, so anything written down will help.

Dancehawk 2008-07-17 08:56:32 -0500 Report

I have one every 3 months now.
At first she did it monthly cause my first test was 13, when I hit 7 she told me I have to wait till Aug.
So we are buying one to do at home.
My sugars been in the 90s for a few weeks now and Im hoping its a 5? maybe hopefully hehehe!
She told me if I get the rest of my weight of I can go off my meds, woot!

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-17 05:11:21 -0500 Report

I had my A1 yesterday and I was 5.8. Hooray! I also lost 1/2 pound and have raised my good cholesterol by 10 points. Also had my eyes tested and no change in my prescription. The best part was the hug from my goddess of medicine. By the way, my new Accu-check compact plus reading was 11 points lower than the caliberated meter in the docs office.

I could not do this alone. Thanks to all of you for your support & advice.


DiabetesDiva 2008-07-17 05:12:17 -0500 Report

I actually was 9.1 when I was first diagnosed. My target is 6.0 or lower.

Lanore 2008-07-17 05:53:29 -0500 Report

Hi Kate,
That is great, good for you, keep up the good work, I will find out what mine is on the july 22. I am hoping for a 7 this time around as I was an 8 the last time.
My chol was high too and my Dr told me too ad triple omege three. It has help me out alot. My last reading was 170. Will be intersting too see where it is this time. Again congrats!!! on the great numbers. Lanore

Rita 2008-07-17 07:27:58 -0500 Report

Hello Kate. You DID a great job!! This are excellent numbers! Keep up the good work.
I have about 1 more month to go 'til the next test.

kdroberts 2008-07-15 06:20:50 -0500 Report

My last was 6.3 up from 6.2.

On a side note about yours, going from 6.0 to 6.3 is unlikely to be from 5 or 6 slip ups. I knew mine was going up and may well next time because my doctor and I have been experimenting with medication doses. On the bad combos my blood sugar really shot up, once when I was sick it was 275. That's a number I hadn't seen since I was diagnosed and thankfully haven't seen since, or anything close to it. For a while my post meal numbers were running about 20-25 points higher than before and my fasting wasn't consistent. Even with all those issues my A1c only went up by 0.1, I was expecting it to be closer to 7.0. I don't know when you test but it might be a good idea to test at slightly different times to see if you are missing something important like a spike you don't notice or a low in the night that rebounds to a high.

jupton1 2008-07-17 03:15:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info,I was under alot of stress over the past 60 days.I bet that had something to do with it.Im on the smallest dose of meds.My Dr said if I can keep it at 5.8-6.0 I can quit my meds..Thanks,kdroberts…JU

Rita 2008-07-15 05:53:59 -0500 Report

I've had mine in May, it was 7. I have a month to go till the next one.Keep up the good job.

Lanore 2008-07-15 01:19:14 -0500 Report

Hi!! I just want for a blod test today so we will see where mine is now. The last time I had mine done 3 months ago it was high @ 8. Not a happy camper and I have been tiring to get it down since. I really don't know what I am doing wrong at this point since I have cut out almost all pasta and bread. Anyway time will tell. I am praying for a better number this time. Thanks. I really love this group it's great. Lanore

jupton1 2008-07-15 04:53:32 -0500 Report

Dont give up,when I got diabetes I was at 8.0…180 days later Im a low 6.So You can gain control with proper diet,exercise and meds..JU

Lanore 2008-07-22 10:09:44 -0500 Report

Hi! Everyone, Just had to come by and share my good news, went to the Dr today and got some really great news my Ac1 is down too 6.7 from 8. I am so happy right now, I know I have a little more too go but I am so much closer now. It felt good to have a good visit today. One thing that is off is my chol which was 191 which is up from 170 so she has asked me to add red yeast rice and see what that does. Take care and have a god day. Lanore

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-07-14 16:47:35 -0500 Report

I have mine done about every 3-4 months, and it's been running about 5.7. I've been lucky, and know that even though A1c is low, and HDL is very high at 70, lipid panel is within normal limits, all is not well, as creatinine levels are going up. Life is not easy, even if most indicators look good.

bluerose2 2008-07-14 14:36:45 -0500 Report

I had mine a few weeks ago and it was 8.6 which is not good, but it was better than the 9.3 i had 3 months before. As I stated on my first post my dr was going to change my insulin possibly, but she decided to give me a few more units of Lantus and see what happens in 3 months before switching me to Humalog. I had been under lots of stress as my husband had been laid off for most ot the winter and even into May and I was out on Medical Leave. So… stress does play a BIG part in #'s. It wasn't because i was eating the wrong foods, in fact eating was difficult to do being under so much stress.

partvalentine 2008-07-14 05:42:56 -0500 Report

My doctor checks my A1c every 3 mos. I started out at 13.9 in Sept. 2006, this past March it was 6.3

I go in tomorrow to have my blood work done, hoping to have it below 6, but have had a few very stressful months, so I will settle for it being the same as the last. (I hope)

Ella Adams
Ella Adams 2008-08-21 09:54:43 -0500 Report

What is the saying "you have come a long way baby"? You really have and we are all proud.
Mine has been 6.1 the last two times and I don't know what it was before. Before the last one I was good until I took Prednisone and it brought my readings up and my Oncologist put me on Insulin.My Internal Med Dr. couldn't understand why I was put on insulin—he had me to check for a month and re-checked—6.1.He did take me off Insulin 3 times a day and I am on an average long acting insulin—8 units a day.Hopefully I can come off after September 24th. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-14 05:14:33 -0500 Report

My doctor has the following schedule for A1C's.
If over 7.0 - every 6 weeks
6.5-7.0 - every 3 months
less than 6.5 - every 6 months

I have my next one in August!

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-14 04:51:28 -0500 Report

My doctor has prescribed the test every 3 months for my Type 2.

jupton1 2008-07-14 05:01:08 -0500 Report

Thats great,thats exactly how my Dr does mine.How are Your #s??JU

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-15 05:11:24 -0500 Report

My numbers started out under 7 and my last one was 5.7!
I started a weight loss problem as soon as I was diagnosed and lost 18 pounds in the first months. I've since lost over 30 and I'm slowly losing about 1/ 2 pound a month now.

I have a wonderful doctor - she gives me hugs whenever I see her. She sends me congratulation notes after each test. Also she has a graph of my weight loss and it inspires me to look at the line going down and not up.

I see her tomorrow and will also have my A1. Then the eye doc in the afternoon. I'm taking care of myself!


gabrg 2008-07-15 05:28:47 -0500 Report

my son started out very high @ 10 or more. We've got it down to 7.9 with the last visit, which the doctor says is right on with kids in his age group with all the varying factors small children face. Sometimes they'd rather play. Sometimes they're just not hungry at meal time lol.

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