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A1C and differences in labs?

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Old 02-28-2013, 20:18   #1
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I went to my new clinic yesterday and they did an a1c and it was
5.6. Today I went to my old clinic for my last follow up and med refills and they did a1c and it was 5.4

I know in the big realm of things that it is not a big difference but I was so excited at 5.6 that the 5.4 seemed kind of odd.

So do you think this is important in the difference of just ok either way...I mean does 5.4 bring me closer to a "normal" per se a1c then the 5.6 or just the same pretty much and why such a difference in labs, i'm kind of surprised..

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I have an isue with A1C numbers in general. My last A1C should have been much higher than it was. I had been eating things I shouldn't have and seeing elevated glucose readings on my meter the entire time leading up to my A1C... And to have it be lower than my previous number was ludacris.

That said, I assume there is a margin of error in the test and it can be complicated by any condition, acute or chronic, that affects the glycation of hemoglobin.

So, just like a meter it really should be used to check your trends and may not be an exact indicator.

In any event, congrats on those numbers!

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Maybe i should mention that December 22nd my at home a1c was 5.8

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As Daytona so instructively reminded in this post "I think it's important to remind yourself what A1C really is. It's NOT an average of your blood sugar. It measures how much of your red blood cells have glycated (reacted with blood sugar)."

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5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
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