A1C is now 6.3, down from 6.7

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A1C is now 6.3, down from 6.7


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Old 02-03-2016, 12:58   #1
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Question A1C is now 6.3, down from 6.7

I was diagnosed in November 2015 with an A1C of 6.7, as of yesterday I'm at 6.3

I take 500 mg Metformim, twice daily. Eat LCHF, about 30g carbs per day.

My doctor thinks that 6.3 is "well controlled". Am I doing damage at this level? I realize the 6.3 is an average, but what does it correspond to in the daily US blood sugar readings?

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And A1C of 6.3 is borderline diabetic. (I don't know what it corresponds to in what a meter reading average would be, sorry).

BUT... Since it IS just an average, there's no way of telling if it is composed of high and low readings, averaging out to not-so-bad A1C, or the result of consistent, stable lowish BG.

So while an A1C is useful to show trends, it is your daily meter readings, especially the 1hr pp, that tells you if your BG is rising high enough to cause damage.

Edit: by the way, good for you for getting your A1C down right away. After some more time on LCHF your next A1C will most likely be down into the 5% range, which is the best place to be.

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6.3% maps (using the ADAG routine) to an overall average blood sugar of 135 mg/dL.

You can check the figures here - Blood Sugar/A1c Calculator

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Thanks John. I know SOMEONE would have that information

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Thanks everyone. Hopefully I can find something to change, to make this value lower. At least it's trending in the right direction.

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Increasing fats does wonders for BG.

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Hemoglobin A1c is the percent of hemoglobin in red blood cells that has had glucose permanently bonded to it. Red blood cells live about 3-4 months. So this gives an approximation of "average" blood sugars over time. It is not really a mathematical average of your blood sugars. As the older more highly glycated (bonded to glucose) cells die off the percentage will come down as long as you maintain your blood sugars in the safe range. For this reason the A1c results are weighted toward the younger more recently formed hemoglobin. You are headed in the right direction. It does take time. Keep up the good work.

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