New2type2

Q:

Hi, Guess I'm too new to my diabetes 2 diagnosis...don't know how to answer the Ac1 question on the profile??? Sorry, I don't know what that is. Was diagnosed a few weeks ago and just started taking my Metformin a few days ago. Is it the reading on my meter? Doesn't appear that is what it is. Know I have a lot to learn that's why I'm on here. Thanks.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

The A1C measures how much glucose has attached to the red blood cells over the past 60 to 90 days, giving us an average of how high your blood glucose numbers have been over that same time period. Blood glucose meter readings, on the other hand, only tell us how well controlled the diabetes is at one point in time. Both readings are important in the management of diabetes. The A1C provides us with an overall picture of blood glucose control, whereas the blood glucose readings taken outside the doctor’s office tell us if the day-to-day treatment plan is working. The A1C is reported in terms of a percentage . We know that the higher the A1C, the greater the risk of diabetes-related complications. These complications do not happen overnight, so you have time to bring your A1C number down. The goal is to have an A1C of less than 7%. Talk to your doctor and make sure he or she checked your A1C and find out what the number is. Your A1C should be checked every 3 to 6 months.

September 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

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New2type2
New2type2 2013-10-14 11:09:33 -0500 Report

Thank you Patty. I did find out my A1C number by looking at my online reports from my Dr's office. But I appreciate you explaining what it is.