I just got my first A1c test back.

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couchtater
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   Posted 9/19/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Is 5.8 good for an A1c test?
 
 
Joy

LanieG
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   Posted 9/19/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Seems to be an average of 120, so you're getting higher blood sugar and lower blood sugar.  That is not a bad average and I'll bet many diabetics wish they could average that.  But.  There's always a 'but'.  It means that you're having blood sugar higher than 120 and lower to get that average.  Remember that random readings or fasting of 126 or higher could be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes.  Most doctors will tell you under 6 is what you should strive for but that's still too high if you consider that with the averages the highs would really be high.  So, it's a good reading in general - but don't let it get higher!  I bumped up a post with a website for converting A1c results to the regular meter readings we use.
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/19/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks.
My mother and sister are diabetic and they said it was a great score.

I'm trying my best to eat more veggies and less carbs.

Joy

loverain
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   Posted 9/20/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you, Joy! If you don't mind me asking...what are your FBG most of the time and what are your two hour after meals reading like? Sometimes I think I'm doing good...other times I just don't know! I know no two people are alike...just trying to work with this. I'm going to keep on keeping on...and like Lanie says...this is a wake-up call...and Lanie, I'm sure as heck listening and keeping on trying to do it right! Joni

loverain
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   Posted 9/20/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I also meant to say that I am pre diabetic and not on any meds...trying to keep it that way! Joni

couchtater
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   Posted 9/20/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pre-diabetic and no meds, too. My FBG is anywhere from 140-175 in the mornings. The lastest tests have been dropping lower. I've done the two hour BG a few times (Yes, I know I need to do it more, Lanie) and it was 126 most of the time.
I have OA in my back and can't exercise much before I'm in great pain. So, I'm trying to control it mostly by my diet.
Boy, talk about a wake up call! I'm still coming out of my slumber (with some grumbling) but I'm beginning to realize the dangers. A coworker of mine has diabetes and they just took his toe!
I'm starting to look at food labels more and reading the sugar and carbs sections....boy, carbs are everywhere!

Joy


I can't run the marathon yet, but I'm taking baby steps.

LanieG
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   Posted 9/20/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joy.  Wake up calls come in different forms and at different times.  The worst reaction a person can have is denial, something that I had in the beginning for several months.  You know a lot more than you probably did last week even and even though some part of you is still grumbling, you realize the bottom line:  controlled blood sugar.  There are so many complications that can arise from uncontrolled blood sugar over a period of time - and that differs with the person - but since you are aware of this now, you have the ability to control it better.   Sure, I may miss bread, regular sandwiches, whole pieces of birthday cake, etc. but as I look at it, what's more important to me?  You realize now that those fasting numbers from 140 to 175 can cause damage to various organs over time.  The better you control what you eat, the better you'll control the blood sugar.  I know that you have OA in your back but you might be able to start working with dumb bells if you ask your doctor if it's ok.  You don't even have to buy them.  You can do arm curls with soup cans at first.  You have done really well so far, so keep on with it!   yeah  
Lanie
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