Thursday, March 1, 2012

Just a number... yes, I share.

I am doing at home A1C tests every month to see if it jibes with my sensor average. This month it came in at 6.1, which indicates an average glucose of 128 mg/dl for the past 3 months. It's heavily weighted on the last month, but also shows a longer reaching trend. It's my best (likely valid) result that I've had in my diabetic life. I'm happy about it. During the past year I have tested between 7.8 and 6.7 (which translates to averages of 177-146 mg/dl). My goal this year is to get into the 5s.


  1. That's a pretty big drop and it's not significantly different from 5.9- the most accurate A1c tests are still only accurate to the nearest 0.2.
    So it looks like you are well on your way!

    When did you start doing home A1c tests? Which company?
    Is the goal to get into the 5s and stay there or to have at least one reading in the 5s?

    1. Yes, I think it's the most improvement I have seen in a short period.

      I have been using Bayer's A1C Now kits for a few years between Dr. A1C tests. But, this year I decided to pony up for the $16 a month and do it regularly. Between my office visits, hospital stay,and the at home tests I have 7 readings during the past 14 months.

      Yes, I'd like to figure things out well enough that I can stay in the 5s. Dr. Bernstein says it's possible to achieve normal blood sugars around the clock, and I've been trying unsuccessfully since 2003. I think having a glucose sensor (and using it) has made it possible to make further progress.

  2. I'm impressed! What a great feeling to get so close to your goal, and to have such clear evidence that you are on your way. It's nice to see that all of your tinkering, focus and dedication are really, really paying off!

    1. Yes, I think allowing myself to be a bit obsessive and blogging about it has also helped. :) Not every tweak has yielded results, but it's great to have some numerical feedback.
      Thanks for always reading and discussing.