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HBA1C

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by lj1921, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. lj1921

    lj1921 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi all
    1 year on from being diagnosed as type 2 at age of 48 and my latest HBA1C is now down to 6.2, just wanted to tell everybody.
     
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    Spiral · Well-Known Member

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    Well done, great result :mrgreen:

    What did you do to bring it down?
     
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    lj1921 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi
    Just ate more healthy and walk now instead of driving - nothing special
     
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    hanadr · Expert

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    lj 1921
    Congratlations on the 6.2! 5% club next time?
    what do you call eating healthily?
    Hana
     
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    I am confused...... Not by your results cos they are fab... People tell me that 5-6.5% is great but when my son saw the nurse this week he was told that his Hba1c which are at 7.1% are spot on. That 7% is perfect. Is it different for children??
     
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    hanadr · Expert

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    Anne
    7% is a target set by NICE. It should be seen as the ceiling of acceptable control, but too often is interpreted as the actual target. In addition, the targets are set deliberately high for historical reasons. an "ideal" Hba1c is probably 4.2% to 4.5% Average for non- diabetics is 5.1%.
    In dealing with children, there needs to be some latitude, to cope with their changing needs as they grow. However, I feel that the doctors are sometimes so fixated on avoiding hypos, that they forget the risk of continuous HIGH blood glucose.
    Hana
     
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    Thanks Hana

    Still struggling to get to grips with all this......
     
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    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I saw a diabetic nurse today, and was told the same thing, told me my HBA1C of 5.4 was very good but I should cut back on my insulin and try to get closer to 7 :?

    I guess you cant win eh :lol:
     
  9. lj1921

    lj1921 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hana
    By Eating healthy I mean less greasy food grill everything, cut back on the sweets (thats really hard love sweets) have smaller meals, give up the scotch (no no no no no sorry not that have to have some comforts), cut back on take aways. thats all really, but then everybody is different so what is good for me maybe not good for someone else, just been to see Dr and he was really pleased with me said he wished all his Diabetics were like me (blush blush).
     
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    Hi AnneK - it's good to meet you.

    Unfortunately, from what I understand is the case, she may have been saying that because GPs get paid for getting the HbA1c of diabetic patients below 7.5%. It may not have too much of a relationship to what is best for the diabetic in the longer term. I certainly wouldn't have described a level of 7% with the word "perfect" - I'd rather look at it as a good starting point towards further improvement. From everything that I've read, I recommend that he tries to get it lower still - below 6% if he can.

    Very best wishes to you and your son.

    John
     
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    wallycorker · Well-Known Member

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    Great stuff - lj1921 - 5% Club next time as hanadr has already suggested. Go for it - you can do it!

    Best wishes - John
     
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