I'm sure someone will give you more info, but the A1c was part of the first bloodwork my doctor ordered. He wants it checked at the hospital lab once a year - I use the OTC kits midyear.
If you know you've had an 8.1 reading, and another at 6.?, then why is this "all of a sudden?"
No need to freak .. chill out till you get more info.
Are you a diabetic?This may seem a pretty naive question to ask a veteran member like you.The point is,if you have been a diabetic then HbA1c will tell the doctor the past 3 months average glucose control,specifically because you have been mentioning only your fasting values,and a normal human spends 2/3rds of the day in the prandial state and only 1/3rd in the true fasting state.HbA1c is a pretty good indicator of post-prandial control and probably that's why the Doc' ordered this test.
HbA1c is not a diagnostic test but only an indicator of glycemic control and a pretty good one at that provided you haven't cheated in the 1 month prior to the test.It is now a routine test and as advised no need to press the panic button.
Non-diabetics average around 5.6 with HbA1c and we are considered to be under pretty good control if we touch below 7(ADA guidelines),but now everyone's getting stricter with the numbers, as the American Endocrinologists soceity accepts only a value below 6.5 as adequate control.I have not gone into the actual scientific mumbo-jumbo,but i will if you want me to!Hope this helps.
Hi there cyndi,
normal people average around 5.6 and 6.Number 7 is for people like me who are diabetics.A value below 7 indicates good control over the past 3 months,and a value above 7 is not so good.Since you have not yet been tagged as a diabetic these numbers should'nt really bother you.Waiting is always painful,but as Confusius said"patience is a virtue!".