What should the A1C of a diabetic person be?

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   Posted 3/12/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My A1C was 4.9 than went up to 5.1 now the latest test was 5.5, can anyone tell me if thats so bad? I see my endo every 4 months

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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Not too bad at all, Judy.
I think lots of diabetics would give their eye teeth for such numbers. I think you're probably a little anxious that the numbers have risen and are now higher than those of a non-diabetic. My research tells me that a healthy non-diabetics HbA1c is between 4.2 and 4.6%. Others might disagree.
It's also true that the further we deviate from normal levels, the greater our risk of complications. The increase in risk is not linear, either, it's exponential.
Anyhow, you're doing really well, just try not to go any higher!
All the best,

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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Looks pretty good but I'd be looking into what has changed since it was lower. Are you changing meds or has your food plan or exercise regimen changed? Something must be different so be a detective and find it. (for me it's usually something like Christmas cookies for a few weeks that threw it off)
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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jeannie143 and Fergusc,


Thanks for your response, I just realized that my levels were so good on my low carb diet that I only took one 500 mg Metformin in the evening, I used to take one in the morning and one in the evening, my sugar levels are below 120 one hour after meals usually, but thanks for pointing out and asking me if there was a change in meds, I will add the 2nd metformin and see what happens


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   Posted 3/13/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
My hospital lab says that anything under 6.0 is normal- whatever THAT means-lol.
I hover right around 5.0 which is probably as close to fergusc's definition as I'm ever going to get.
My doctor is more concerned with the 'trifecta' of A1c, blood pressure, and lipid profile these days than A1c alone. Diabetes is a microvascular and macrovascular disease- and blood sugar level is just one part of it. Daily exercise goes a long way in the fight for normal blood pressure and good cholesterol numbers.
Heart disease is the number one killer of diabetics worldwide, and  current research is showing that diabetics have all sorts of gene mutations that link diabetes and cardiovascular abnormalities together.
Your upward trend may be as simple as too many goodies as Jeannie suggested- or it could be something more. I hope you can get it resolved soon.
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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