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A1c, Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c from 2004

  1. My teen son takes metformin for type 2. His A1c/blood sugars have gone up the past year despite increasing his metformin. Why would this be? (31 Dec 2004)
  2. Is it possible that certain individuals could be prone to higher or lower A1cs? (30 Dec 2004)
  3. During a check-up, my A1c was up to 6.2. Could this increase be from the steroids in the Flonase I have been using? Do I have diabetes? (29 Dec 2004)
  4. Despite dieting and exercising I have gained a little weight and am worried I might keep gaining. Do you have any advice on how to reverse this? (28 Dec 2004)
  5. What is your opinion of home A1c tests? (28 Dec 2004)
  6. The specialist my son sees sends us to his P.A. for all appointments, yet the P.A. blames me for my son's elevated A1c. Should I change doctors? (27 Dec 2004)
  7. I believe my blood sugars, diet and exercise are okay, but the doctor said my A1c was 6.7. Am I on the right track to stave off type 2? (14 Dec 2004)
  8. What are the average amounts of insulin taken and A1cs, typically, that key a physician to add a drug like metformin to a teen's daily medications? (8 Dec 2004)
  9. My mother has type 2 and takes several medications. Home monitoring shows high blood sugars, but her A1c is in the 6.0 range. How can this be? (3 Dec 2004)
  10. Should I aim for a 4.0 A1c, as in my previous pregnancy, if I become pregnant again? One doctor said that was too low, but the gynecologist disagreed. (30 Nov 2004)
  11. My 14 year old daughter has an A1c of 13.3. Can she still prevent complications if she gets control now? How can I get her to take better care of herself? (26 Nov 2004)
  12. My insurance will not pay for my daughter's home A1c test. Why does it take insurance companies so long to keep up with technology? (24 Nov 2004)
  13. For two months, my son's meter was not coded properly and his A1c went from 9% to 11.2%. Could the improper coding be the reason? (23 Nov 2004)
  14. I want to conceive. My doctor recommends an A1c of 6-6.5 before doing so. Would there be a significant reduction in risks by waiting for a lower A1c? (11 Nov 2004)
  15. After 38 years with diabetes, I have only mild neuropathy in my feet. I have A1cs in the 8 to 9% range. Should I be more aggressive to lower my A1c? (11 Nov 2004)
  16. In May, I tried to commit suicide. My therapist feels I am unstable and my endocrinologist won't let me get a pump. Should I consult another endocrinologist? (6 Nov 2004)
  17. My son has been smoking marijuana with his mother's approval. Where can I get information about the harmful effects of marijuana on a type 1 diabetic? (3 Nov 2004)
  18. My daughter's A1c reflects higher blood sugars than we are seeing. She already gets five or more shots per day. What do you suggest? (18 Oct 2004)
  19. My toddler was diagnosed with type 1 in early August 2004. He has a poor appetite and vomits at least once a day. What could be going on? (16 Sep 2004)
  20. What is the difference between the following tests and their results: glycohemoglobin or glycosolated hemoglobin versus HbgA1c or A1c or hemoglobin A1c or HbA1c? (12 Sep 2004)
  21. My doctor says my A1c, a long term test, is fine. I read that short term tests are more important. Which is it? (29 Aug 2004)
  22. I exercise, eat well and have lost weight. Now, I am having trouble maintaining my weight. Why is this? My doctor says my 6.7 A1c is fine. (26 Aug 2004)
  23. I've gotten my A1c down to 5.5 in an effort to minimize complications and get pregnant. My doctor says this is too low. Why? (26 Aug 2004)
  24. I have heard of an A1c reading being a percentage, but we all have a straight number. What's the difference? (31 Jul 2004)
  25. My 12 year old son is entering puberty. His blood sugars are harder to control. He takes NPH and Humalog. Do you have any suggestions? (23 Jul 2004)
  26. I have heard that an A1c of less than 8% is acceptable, as is 5 grams of urine glucose. Can urine glucose cause kidney damage? (21 Jul 2004)
  27. My teen daughter has an A1c below 7.0, but still has daily blood sugar fluctuations. Is this okay? We cannot afford a pump in India. (21 Jul 2004)
  28. I am a teen girl trying to lose weight. I play basketball, exercise and watch my diet. My A1c has gone up, too. How can I lose weight safely? (6 Jul 2004)
  29. To lower my A1c, my doctor changed my oral medications. To lower it more, he wants me to take insulin. Shouldn't I give the pills more time? (30 Jun 2004)
  30. My son's A1c has gone up since he started using a pump six months ago. Is this common? Will his higher A1c have long term effects? (12 Jun 2004)
  31. After four years of pumping, my daughter's A1c has been 9.3% for nine months. Are there any tests she should have to prevent complications? (2 Jun 2004)
  32. What does an A1c of 6.0 mean for a 34 year old female? My doctor said it is not a concern, but in the lab results, it was flagged as out of range. (23 May 2004)
  33. I've heard that rapid drops in one's A1c can trigger retinopathy? Is this true in children with a short diabetes history? (20 May 2004)
  34. What do you think of studies that indicate kids are usually not affected by diabetes complications until they reach puberty? (9 May 2004)
  35. I have some symptoms of diabetes, but don't seem to fit the profile for type 1 or type 2. Could it be something else? (21 Apr 2004)
  36. Do most type 1s have A1cs less than 7 or are they more the exception than the rule? (15 Apr 2004)
  37. I was considering a home A1c test before my son's next endocrinology appointment. What do you think of the home tests? (14 Apr 2004)
  38. My son's A1c was higher than expected. He increased his insulin and exercise, but he still has high blood sugars. Should I seek another opinion? (16 Mar 2004)
  39. Some my seven year old son's thyroid tests came back abnormal, including an elevated TSH. Does this represent true thyroid disease? (8 Mar 2004)
  40. My A1c went up after I stopped using my pump. I want to resume, but my doctor and educator will not approve. (28 Feb 2004)
  41. My son is having erratic blood sugars during puberty. How long will puberty last? Can he achieve an A1c under eight while in puberty? (25 Feb 2004)
  42. His blood is showing moderate levels of microcytes, slight poikilocytosis, few schistocytes, hypocromasia, burr cells and tear drop cells. (9 Feb 2004)
  43. The A1C at our most recent endo visit was 8.7. Only two weeks ago, we completed an A1cNow with a result of 7. (6 Feb 2004)
  44. What is considered a good A1C number for a child this age? Is the 5.9 actually too low? (31 Jan 2004)
  45. They said he may have a hemoglobin variant, or some kind of anemia shortening the life of the red blood cell. (25 Jan 2004)
  46. Does this mean that I will derive different Hba1c values from either my fasting blood sugar level or the post-breakfast one? (25 Jan 2004)
  47. I was wondering if when an HbA1c is checked, does it make a difference if the hands are clean (i.e., no residue of sugar)? (23 Jan 2004)

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