My A1c History

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2011-02-11 22:09:29 -0600
Started 2011-02-05 09:59:20 -0600

A1c's were first available in 1976. My doctor started having mine done in 1980. As part of my preparation for my taking part in the Joslin Medalist Study I was supposed to have a listing of all my A1c's that had ever been done. My doctor was very cooperative but there were several gaps in the list. The years 1990-1994 were not available.

Below are the A1c's that my doc was able to retrieve from his files. I have updated for 2010.

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
2010…5.7, 5.6, 5.6, 5.4

Note the improvement in 1988. That is the year that I discovered I should follow a low carb diet. I read about it in a magazine. I had been eating hundreds of carbs every day before that time. No doctor ever told me I should limit my carbs. I have always wondered why?

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-06 17:20:29 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. It shows how important it is for us to try to learn about Diabetes or any other medical condition we have is. Also how vital it is to watch how carbs affect us each individually. Your generosity in sharing your life with us gives an edge on diabetes.

Nonna2Three 2011-02-05 10:14:07 -0600 Report

Do you suppose doctors never told you about limiting carbs before 88 because they had not realized it yet. There may have been some out there who were still fresh out of med school enough that they were still ear-deep in keeping up with medical publications, but some of those who had been established a while may not have been as diligent with keeping up.

I know that before a doctor fresh out of med school diagnosed my gall-bladder issue (I had 63 gallstones!) my regular GP's (there were 2 doctors that shared a practice and saw all patients) were older doctors, just a few years from their own retirement, and they tested me for tons of causes and finally put me on something for what they diagnosed as "nerves", but never considered gallbladder or gallstones because I was too young for that profile (according to the "old school" of medicine). Needless to say I changed primary doctors after that, but the point is, they were from the old school and were practicing old school medicine.

I think today with the advent of the internet it makes it easier for doctors to gain and share knowledge and discoveries a lot easier than it was back then. (I remember 1988 and playing computer games on a DOS system - before Windows became household - LOL)

Nonna2Three 2011-02-11 18:27:53 -0600 Report

Saw my doctor today and asked what my A1c was when he diagnosed me three weeks ago - it was 12.46. He said it wasn't the highest he had ever seen, but it ranked way up there. But I expect it to be much improved when I go back in May since I have made so many modifications to my diet and my BG check numbers have been good lately.

Richard157 2011-02-05 10:33:31 -0600 Report

Hi Nonna, there was knowledge about limiting carbs for diabetics even before insulin was discovered in 1921, I have read about it. My doctors did not know, or, later on, assumed I already knew.

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