my hbA1c's

for those of you curious to know more about the ins and outs of my diabetes management, here are my hbA1C results.

the hba1c is an average measure of bg control over the last few months. in a non diabetic this level would be between 3.5% and 5.5%. 

without further ado, here are my results from the past decade or so.... as you can see these have gone down to a more doctor acceptable level - anything under 7.5% and they are happy (complications are greatly reduced if your average falls under this number). unfortunately i couldn't get my hba1c upon diagnosis in 1998, but i think we can assume it would be in double figures.

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is it possible to lower my hba1c?
in every diabetic, type 1 and type 2, it is possible to lower your hba1c. although this will take time and effort - like anything worth doing in life. and there are no guarantees.

what is my hbA1c goal?
of course, my aim is to get my hba1c down into the 6's - and through a lower carb diet and regular gentle exercise i am really striving to get there. i will keep you up to date with the progress that i make, and you will hopefully see a steady decline in my numbers over time...

studies have also shown that the slower you make this change the better - sometimes people develop complications (usually in their eyes) very quickly if they drop their hba1c too fast... strange but true it seems.

see these forum posts for more info:
what is a great hbA1c? - a debate over what sort of hbA1c's we should be aiming for...
how many carbs should i eat? - this forum has 1000's of average carb intakes of different individuals with hbA1c quoted frequently lower (and usually less than 6%!) than on a previous standard diabetic diet.

1 comment:

Lydia said...

I wish you good luck with your goal. Somehow, I have had 7.5% (that was only two months after my diagnosis; at my diagnosis it was 11.5%) and a 6.5% thus far. I eat a highish carb and very high fiber vegan diet. (Which is also what I ate before my diagnosis).