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HBA1C

Discussion in 'Children & Teens' started by 7-3-19wilson1, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. 7-3-19wilson1

    7-3-19wilson1 · Member

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    Recently had a meeting with the consultant about a month after I was first diagnosed with T1. I was told that I was ‘164’ at this was quite high, just wondering what this means and what my number is in comparison to others?
    Thanks
     
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  2. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Before all the people who know what they are talking about arrive with their good advice can I ask you a couple of questions. The answers will be helpful.

    Can you confirm the 164 is in mg/dl.

    Was this a fasting test or had you eaten anything before. If you had eaten, what did you eat.
     
  3. Knikki

    Knikki Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @7-3-19wilson1 and Welcome to the forum.

    There is a page on the front of this place that has a whole load of info this link might be interesting to you:

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/what-is-hba1c.html

    It gives some insight as to what HB1aC is all about.

    As for "comparison" to others is well a really difficult one because some will be diagnosed as T1 with a lower number some with really really high numbers. You really need to get in contact with your medical team who are the best to give you advice on what to do next.

    However as your now a part of the forum you can always pick some information up from here as well :)
     
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  4. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse · Well-Known Member

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    There are guidelines for the diagnosis and management of diabetes in children and young people which are produced by NICE (National Institute for Care and Health Excellence). Regarding HbA1c, they say:-

    • Explain to children and young people with type 1 diabetes and their family members or carers (as appropriate) that an HbA1c target level of 48 mmol/mol (6.5%) or lower is ideal to minimise the risk of long‑term complications. [new 2015]
    Where possible, it's a good idea to include units with any figures you quote - blood glucose and HbA1c have different units and different target ranges. Also, the units for both can differ outside outside the UK. By quoting the units we can understand exactly which measurement you are talking about.
     
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