Again, I think the answers to your questions depend upon your personal goals. Mine are health-driven.
1. My last three A1c's came in at 10.0, 4.7 and 5.2 (next results in 6 days)
2. Varied ... depends on my discipline ... the weather ... phases of the moon
These numbers were the result of me researching everything I could find, drastically changing my diet and taking control of my disease. I've never disputed the Dx but to be fair, I've never had to apply for financial medical assistance either. After seeing the second and third A1c numbers, my doc said I was normal and would have signed an affidavit to that effect but I know me better than he does. He's a busy guy so I don't blame him ... he has to check his notes to remind him of who I am every time I see him. He might be after the Doctor of the Month Award for all I know. I do know that while he may be using outdated information, he is not my enemy and has the best of intentions. My goal is to keep my fingers, toes, legs, senses, sanity ... live longer & better. I know I'm diabetic, if only based on family history and watching close ones suffer and die far too early.
You're one of us (diabetic ... pre, post ... whatever) and have some decisions to make and some work to do. That's the downside. The upside is that, especially for us PD's, its not all that much work.
I suggest a couple or three things:
1) Focus on changing your diet
. Over the next 3 months (assuming you have an A1c scheduled -- PD's recommended treatment as far as I know), eliminate as many carbs (potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice, dairy, sweets ... anything starchy or sugary) as you possibly can. That's it. Then, go for your blood tests and doc's appointment. Let your doc explain why you are normal
. You will probably qualify for your med insurance application at that point -- I don't know for sure but its worth a try right? Its just a matter of switching goals -- if you get healthy, you'll qualify for the insurance coverage but you won't need it 'cuz you're healthy !?! Stoopid and ironic, I know
2) Research, read and think. Hang around here (HealingWell.com ... a great place ... apparently there's a Company Car we can borrow around here somewhere ;-) and as many other sources of information as you can find. Ask questions. Consider the answers.
3) Forget about the numbers. Personally, I hope for the day when normal A1c determinations are 0.0000001975482. When that happens, good, healthy food will finally become available to everyone, at reasonable prices and the term diabetes will no longer exist.
Sorry for the diatribe yana .... GET HEALTHY! ... and the rest will follow
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes
~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on headI used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right