teresa_468@msn.com

Q:

I was diagnosed 09- 20-2013, The Doctor told me I had high A1C levels. To be honest I have no idea what he means. My meter is at least 12 years old. and I don't have any more test strips. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I was a little shocked and he didn't offer any solutions or treatment options except to lose 10 lbs. Thank you for any assistance you can help with. Teresa Roberts

Patty Bonsignore

A:

The A1C measures how much glucose has attached to your red blood cells over the past 60 to 90 days, giving us an average of how high your blood glucose numbers over that same time period. The following are some numbers that allow you to compare your A1C to your blood glucose numbers. For instance if your A1C is 8 %, your average estimated glucose is 183, with a range between 147- 217. This average estimate does not replace the need to check with your meter, but can give you some idea of where your blood glucose numbers have been. A1C % Estimated average BG (mg/dl) Estimated BG range (mg/dl) 5 97 76-120 6 126 100-154 7 154 123-185 8 183 147-217 9 212 170-249 10 240 193-282 11 269 217-314 12 298 240-347 Large studies tell us that if you can keep your A1C less than 7%, especially for the first 5 years of diagnosis, you can greatly reduce your risk of long term complications of diabetes, such as vision loss, nerve damage, kidney disease and heart disease. It’s important for you to know what your A1C level is and try to get it under 7%. Even if you can’t get it under 7% right away, any amount of reduction will help decrease your risk. While the levels are high, it’s important to get your A1C checked at least every 3 to 4 months.

September 22, 2013 at 11:49 am