All those numbers sound like you did excellent at the doctors appointment. Congratulations!
Good control. Congratulations.Observations / Concerns/ Your comments requested
3. How the heck is my HbA1C 5.9 ? That is a mean blood sugar level of 122. I've hardly had a reading over 120 for a long time. I have been averaging 103 for the last three months and I test 5-6 times a day. There is no way in the world my average BG can be 122 over the last 3 months. (can the 4th month make an impact ?)
The main thing is that your own meter produces consistent results so you can follow your trend. The fact that the readings are out of step with the lab isn't very important. For instance, my lab figures seem to be around 10% higher than my meter figures.I cant expect my meter reading to be 15% - 20% wrong every time. Each time ( 5-6 occasions) my lab numbers have been lower than my meter numbers
I have a feeling that even though it is said that HbA1C values depend on blood sugars of last 2-3 months it maybe possible that the previous 4th month may also have some impact.
A 4%-5% contribution from that (4th) month also explains my slightly higher HbA1C.
But all said and done I am not going to bother a lot about this
It will come down for sure
John I am not really worried about this but I do have a doubt. I've heard and read about this explanation of the RBC life spanThe main thing is that your own meter produces consistent results so you can follow your trend. The fact that the readings are out of step with the lab isn't very important. For instance, my lab figures seem to be around 10% higher than my meter figures.
The HbA1c result depends on the life span of your red blood cells. So for instance, someone with anemia will get a lower HbA1c than they "deserve" whilst someone who has particularly long lived cells will show higher than they "deserve".
The various formulae to calculate a value from fasting are statistical and work for groups rather than individuals, so hitting an exact match is fluke.
You've done a great job so far, just stay with it and as you say, your numbers will come down.
My guess, it will mean that your test will report slightly better values than it should. Sorry - hope I'm wrongI'm following this discussion because I have a condition which requires me to have phlebotomies done every month or so to keep my hemoglobin under 14 because apparently I had a stroke(mild) because my red blood cells clumped. I've wondered what this does to my A1C, but since nothing can be done, it's purely academic.
I wish I could say that medical assistance and advice in France was better - but no! Like you we had to do our own homework and learn what a "Hémoglobine Glyquée" (see it's even worse in French! ) meant.kudos to you Tony.
You are really lucky that you got all the information you needed at a early stage and have bought all your numbers in control, that too in 3 months.
Sadly for me, due to lack of funds, arrogant public sector doctors and the lack of information regards to diabetes. I have spent a whole year seeing BG between 150 to 250 everyday. (At one day even 325)
I think it's the duty of a doctor even if he is a public doc and has to attend to a crowd, that he should at-least tell a newly diabetic guy what he needs to do or something. They just write the medication on a paper, have this in the morning / night and bye bye.
Frankly, for a normal guy who has never been to a doc for 10 years, hows he supposed to know whats H1Abc or ketones and many things like that, its like all Greek to him.
It's when i started experiencing problems with my vision, especially when reading a newspaper or reading something on white background, where I am experiencing small tiny dots in my vision. That's when i found out its a complication from diabetes and I got scared I'm getting blind, I joined the forum from searching google to find some way to help myself on my own, get the blood sugar in control.
Before joining this place, i thought diabetes means i have to pop a pill morning/night and stay away from sugar, I didn't know there are many many more things I should be careful about what I'm eating, exercise.
No wonders they say people in India are dying from diabetes and losing the limbs, It's because most people don't have or rather haven't been provided the required knowledge to keep their numbers in control. Majority of people cannot afford to pay a premium to a private doc who can pamper and sit and explain personally about controlling.
Anyways, I am beginning to feel safe now that I know how to keep BG in control.. Just got to keep the pace and see my H1ABc results too, maybe in Jan end will do that test.
For now I know from a recent blood test for malaria that i had done 4-5 weeks back. It says Glycoslated Hemoglobin 11.5% , I think this is the H1Ac what needs to go low.
I'm next in line to the "I'm in Control" throne. Hehe .. hopefully.
I agree with the concept but....You know when I was in school we were taught that we should visit our doctor once every 12 months and get regular tests done. The Health practitioner in the school took us to the dentist every 6 months
Had we continued this good habit that we could have caught our diabetes at the prediabetes stages. We could have realised our cholestrols/BP were rising. Unfortunately the day I left school I forgot everything
I'm not making the same mistake with my kids
Hey Tony, Just came to my mind you asked me which company I work. I work as a Senior Tech Support guy for DELL USA.I'm a management consultant