However, when I went to my doctor’s appointment yesterday, I was pretty much told that it is not possible, not with the extent of my condition. She said that because I continue to have high blood glucose numbers (300-400s in the morning) it is clear that my body is not creating insulin and what it is creating is not working.
In my video that follows, I said that I would explain what an A1c is and what it means. So, here we go!
My A1c about six months ago was slightly lower than it is now. But it was still very high at 11.2. Today it was 11.8. Three months ago, I was making progress and had a 9.6.
But what exactly is the hemoglobin A1c and what does it measure?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.”
But what does that mean and is it important?
As you can see from the graphic I used from my A1c test, the normal range is between 4.0 and 6.0. That means my A1c or my three-month average blood sugar levels are quite high over that period.
According to the CDC, “A normal A1C level is below 5.7%, a level of 5.7% to 6.4% indicates prediabetes, and a level of 6.5% or more indicates diabetes. Within the 5.7% to 6.4% prediabetes range, the higher your A1C, the greater your risk is for developing type 2 diabetes.”
The following chart from the CDC shows averages and what your A1c would be given the average blood sugar level for a three-month period…
|A1C %||eAG mg/dL|
These numbers are important because you can see where you are based on your blood sugar readings. It can be scary to see these numbers.
I was quite scared to see the 11.8. This is the highest my A1c has ever been. I will be meeting with a diabetic educator in the next week to talk about what we can do. As much as I do not want to add more medication, it appears that it may come down to that.
There were other options my doctor discussed with me which I will write about in a future article. I do talk about it a bit in today’s video which you can watch below.
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