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    iwannalivelife posted:
    What is A1c ive never seen this term can somebody plz explain what this us and mean?
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    nutrijoy responded:


    Let your fingers do the walking and just type "A1c" into any search engine or even the Search dialog box on WebMD.
     
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    nutrijoy responded:


    Here's the corrected version to reflect that levels below 70 mg/dL are hypoglycemic and NOT "good".
     
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    mrscora01 responded:
    An a1c, aka hemoglobin a1c or hba1c, or glycocylated hemoglobin test is given as a % in north america. What happens is that naturally, the glucose in your blood sticks to your hemoglobin cells. The higher your blood sugar, the higher the % of hemoglobins that have sugar stuck to them. You can then calculate and convert this % to an "average" glucose level. Individual finger sticks tell a story of how you are doing, but an a1c will give you an average of over 3 months (roughly the life of a hemoglobin cell). it is more heavily weighted for the last 6 weeks.

    Since you can't test every minute of every day, the a1c can give you an idea of your overall control. But it isn't the only thing to look at as severe lows, and short term severe highs won't really show up. So finger sticks plus the a1c give a good overall picture.

    Cora
    T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008


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