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what does 6.6% Hba1c result mean?
There are a couple of ways of calculating the translation. One is A1c% * 33.3 - 86 which would give you an average of 134, or another is to use the equation A1c% *35.7 - 77.3 which gives a result of 158.

The a1c gives an average blood sugar over the last 3 months, but is most accurate for the last 6 weeks. Thanks to Ruth for these equations (she posted them severall years ago).
I did??? Wow Cora...either you have a better memory than I do, or you've confused me with someone else, lol. I do have a chart that gives average bg for each point on the A1c, but I never knew there was an actual formula. I'm writing it down on my chart!

Ruth
My understanding is that anything 6.5 and over is diabetes, 5.7 to 6.4 being prediabetes, if that is what you are asking. Please someone correct me if I am wrong. I am a rank newbie!
Yes Elvin, you are correct. But it is not common practice (yet) to use the a1c for diagnostic purposes. There is a movement currently underway to use it for that purpose, but it isn't commonly used yet. It makes more sense though because many people have normal fasting levels, but high post prandial levels which indicate either pre- or full blown- diabetes.
[QUOTE=Coravh;4178530]Yes Elvin, you are correct. But it is not common practice (yet) to use the a1c for diagnostic purposes. There is a movement currently underway to use it for that purpose, but it isn't commonly used yet. It makes more sense though because many people have normal fasting levels, but high post prandial levels which indicate either pre- or full blown- diabetes.[/QUOTE]



Since last month, the ADA has officially endorsed the a1c for diagnosis of diabetes. The standards have been lowered as well.

5.7-6.4 is pre-diabetes
6.5 (on two occasions) and above is diabetes.
[QUOTE=savvysearch;4180289]Since last month, the ADA has officially endorsed the a1c for diagnosis of diabetes. The standards have been lowered as well.

5.7-6.4 is pre-diabetes
6.5 (on two occasions) and above is diabetes.[/QUOTE]

Unfortunately, what some "governing body" recommends and what ends up in actual practice are 2 different things. Many docs over the years have been very slow to adopt new (especially new diabetes) practices.

Let's hope people get on the bandwagon soon.
My A1C is 6.6 and my doctor said that I'm 'pre' diabetic. I'm taking meds for hypertension and high cholesterol. Doctor keeps telling me to lose weight and exercise. Right now I have other things on my mind (sick husband) and just don't worry about my weight. As long as I'm in the pre-diabetic stage I guess I just don't worry too much about it.
[QUOTE=pigtown;5023412]My A1C is 6.6 and my doctor said that I'm 'pre' diabetic. I'm taking meds for hypertension and high cholesterol. Doctor keeps telling me to lose weight and exercise. Right now I have other things on my mind (sick husband) and just don't worry about my weight. As long as I'm in the pre-diabetic stage I guess I just don't worry too much about it.[/QUOTE]

Sorry, but not worrying about prediabetes (and some would say that with an a1c of 6.6 you are full blown diabetic) is a big mistake. You can still develop complications and by not dealing with it now, you may stress your pancreas enough that the next step may be much more significant like insulin. It is very important that you take care of yourself, especially if you are caring for a sick husband. He probably depends on you to be healthy.
Oh, ditto, ditto, and ditto again what Cora said to you, Pigtown. You are at a stage where you have an excellent chance of managing your diabetes with diet and exercise alone, but all the time you put it off, waiting for things to be "better" so you can then take care of yourself...well, during all that time, your body will be experiencing damage from high blood sugar levels. Once damage is done it can only rarely be totally undone, so the time to act is NOW, not at some undefined future moment.

Ruth





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