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A1c, Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c from 2006

  1. Do you have any explanations for the high A1Cs that infer average blood sugars over 300 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L] when virtually ALL the fingersticks show target blood sugars? (23 Dec 2006)
  2. When his bedtime blood sugar is less than 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L], my son wakes with elevated blood sugars. Why is this? How can we prevent this? (20 Dec 2006)
  3. After five years, I still have an elevated A1c. I eat well, take insulin and test four times a day. What should I do to bring down my A1c? (7 Dec 2006)
  4. My endocrinologist does not do in-office A1c testing so I can't discuss the results at my appointment. Any suggestions on how to handle this in a nice manner? (4 Dec 2006)
  5. Three months after diagnosis, my nephew's A1c was 7.8, which is more than 1% higher than the laboratory range. What is your opinion of this A1c? (2 Dec 2006)
  6. What are the effects of a high A1c on my teen daughter's body? Also, she smokes and has used drugs. (20 Nov 2006)
  7. For the past year, my daughter, a swimmer, has had an elevated A1c. She takes a lot of insulin. Is her exercise causing her to need so much insulin? (20 Nov 2006)
  8. My son's A1c was 8.3, but his blood sugars are normal. Is there anything I should be doing? The doctor plans to run more tests "later." (14 Nov 2006)
  9. Is it possible for someone's A1c to drop from 9.3 to 7.8 in only 28 days? (6 Nov 2006)
  10. Can you tell me if having type 1 diabetes will predispose a person to having any of the "antibodies" or "genetic markers" that are found in a person with confirmed celiac disease? (26 Oct 2006)
  11. Is it normal for an A1c to fluctuate in a non-diabetic? (22 Oct 2006)
  12. My son has sickle cell trait and type 1. Could his A1c be affected by the sickle cell trait? Should he have a different test to assess his diabetes management? (5 Oct 2006)
  13. My dad's A1c was just 5.2. How can that be if he has been from 120 to 220 mg/dl [6.7 to 12.2 mmol/L] for the past couple of weeks? (27 Sep 2006)
  14. I recently had a slightly elevated A1c, but my OGTT was normal, according to the doctor. Is this true? Why was my A1c elevated? (4 Aug 2006)
  15. My friend, who has had diabetes for 16 years, has an A1c of 9.0. She eats well and exercises, but is unable to lose weight. What should she do? (26 Jul 2006)
  16. I recently had an A1c test. What is this test? What is the "normal" range? Does my low dose of glyburide "take care of" this? (26 Jul 2006)
  17. Over the past year, my son's A1c has gone from 6.7 to 8.5. We count carbohydrates carefully. His four daily tests are usually in range. What else should we be doing? (14 Jul 2006)
  18. My daughter's latest A1c was 7.0, on injections. Would it improve if she were pumping? Is there much damage with a 7.0 A1c? (28 Jun 2006)
  19. Although most of her blood sugars are within normal, my daughter still has an elevated A1c. I provide some supervsision. What do you recommend? (26 Jun 2006)
  20. Using a home meter, my son had a few elevated blood sugars. His fasting blood sugar was normal at the doctor's office. Why the discrepancy in readings? (22 Jun 2006)
  21. When we took our son to the endocrinologist, I was concerned about highs per his meter. But, his A1c was measured at 4.5. How can this be? (20 Apr 2006)
  22. What is the highest an A1c can be? (12 Apr 2006)
  23. Two years ago, my teen daughter moved in with her mom. She has not taken care of her diabetes and has high A1cs. What can we do for our daughter? (6 Apr 2006)
  24. I'm worried that my next A1c will be high, mainly because my mom will be angry. How can I tell my mom about my highs without her getting mad? (27 Mar 2006)
  25. I have type 2 with PCOS. Five years ago, I was put on insulin. My A1c went from 9.0 to 7.6. I am still on insulin. Will I ever be able to stop taking it? (26 Mar 2006)
  26. Recently, while on vacation, I had to re-use some pump sites. Once, I was quite high for a couple of hours. Will this affect my A1c? (25 Mar 2006)
  27. After diagnosis, several of my daughter's A1c reports referred to a higher A1c due to the presence of fetal hemoglobin. What does this mean? (7 Mar 2006)
  28. Is the A1c an accurate reflection of someone's blood sugars? What about daily fluctuations? (2 Mar 2006)
  29. What exactly does having high blood sugars/high A1c for a long time do to your body and organs? (1 Mar 2006)
  30. My granddaughter's A1c was 11. What happens to her body with a high A1c? (27 Feb 2006)
  31. I have MODY3. My A1c went from 6.5 to 7 in a six week period. My consultant wasn't concerned, but I am worried about highs. What is your opinion? (23 Feb 2006)
  32. My yearly A1c was higher than the last one. Is this related to cutting back on exercise? Is there a meter available for testing my A1c at home? (22 Feb 2006)
  33. If I have my hemoglobin A1c checked, will it also check my hemoglobin count to see if I have anemia? (14 Feb 2006)
  34. What is the A1c range for a juvenile non-diabetic? (14 Feb 2006)
  35. My doctor is not concerned with my blood sugars and A1c, but I am worried that I may have diabetes. Should I get a second opinion? What should I ask? (12 Feb 2006)
  36. After two years, my son's A1c is around 9. The specialist isn't worried, but I am. Do you have any suggestions on how to lower it? (10 Feb 2006)

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