1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

My latest HbA1c results...

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Starfish18, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Tallyhoo

    Tallyhoo Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Hi........my second post on this forum so new to this
    In January my weight was 13 st 7 - now (August) it's 10 st 13 - really thrilled - low carb diet
    HbA1C :
    January 97
    April 48
    August 43

    So really pleased about that too....very supportive doctor......he was going to up my meds in Jan but I asked him to wait and see what I could do myself diet wise as I'd done research but also asked that instead of waiting a year I could have the test redone every 3 months and he agreed. I've dropped 1 metformin tablet and thinking of dropping one more.

    Have now started to reduce my carb intake even more so under the 20g a day. Not that hard either! Now my pre breakfast glucose level is always down to below 5 where it was always about 7 and I monitor frequently to see what foods affect it.

    Greek Yoghurt with berries - now a no no. Peanut butter - also a no no for me dammit - so interesting to see what foods do affect it and what don't - gin and slimline tonic - YES YES....no problem ha ha!
     
    • Winner Winner x 7
    • Like Like x 2
  2. Ryhia

    Ryhia Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,114
    Likes Received:
    5,465
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Congratulations on a great result.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. philly1991

    philly1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    70
    Trophy Points:
    88
    Reduced to 58 since April 2019, I'm so happy right now I could and did cry!
     
    • Winner Winner x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,987
    Likes Received:
    21,505
    Trophy Points:
    198
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. Starfish18

    Starfish18 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,080
    Likes Received:
    3,224
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Fantastic result, well done! :D
    Keep doing what you're doing!
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,312
    Likes Received:
    16,111
    Trophy Points:
    198
    You've every right to be proud that you've achieved such massive reduction.:)

    It matters not what other people have done - they don't have your diabetes and may well have started off with lower levels anyway.

    Robbity
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  7. Starfish18

    Starfish18 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,080
    Likes Received:
    3,224
    Trophy Points:
    178
    That's very true. Thank you. I am too hard on myself sometimes
     
    • Hug Hug x 1
  8. dazzer1975

    dazzer1975 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    58
    diagnosed since aug 2012, completely uncontrolled and severely morbidly obese up until last april...been losing weight (17+stones, 10st n few lb since april 2018) and 5 weeks ago started on newcastle.

    Thursday had my hba1c done and friday received the result which was 33

    I know newcastle would have really dragged the number down, but as it's a 3 month reading and i've only been on it 5 weeks, i'm guessing my general control wasn't too bad prior?

    Still trying to get my head around it...I suppose the real test will be when i re-introduce food and get a few months of food under my belt?
     
    • Winner Winner x 4
    • Like Like x 2
  9. DUCADUCADUC

    DUCADUCADUC · Member

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Well done and congratulations on doing this without meds!
    This is awesome!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. clarejenkins

    clarejenkins Type 2 · Active Member

    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    78
    Brilliant well done
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  11. sausage91

    sausage91 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Congratualtions! I've a similar story but I'm interested that you've been taken off your meds. I was 97 in Aug '18, 56 in November '18, 47 in February '19 and 40 in June but my doc told me to keep taking Metformin until the next test and if it is 40 again or below, then I can stop taking.
    I understand that Type 2 is a lifestyle influenced condition - I find the dietary changes and more moving quite straightforward and I wonder how much the Hba1c is down to the diet or the metformin. Are you going for another test in three months?
     
  12. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,987
    Likes Received:
    21,505
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I'd disagree with that. It's more to do with our livers' ability to deal with carbohydrates, and the increasing use of added sugars and carbs in processed foods.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  13. JES 2

    JES 2 Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Hi all, Perhaps one of you knowledgeable guys out there can help, I live in Spain where there is very little info or help for diabetes, I finally managed to get my G.P to do a HBa1c test and it came back as 5.9. but on this thread you are all talking about the HBa1c as 46, 50, 95. so I don't understand, so can anyone tell me how to convert 5.9 Spanish reading into UK reading please. thanks. Jenni
     
  14. ianf0ster

    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,396
    Likes Received:
    609
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Hi Jes 2,
    Yes, all the different units can be confusing. 5.9 means 5.9% in the NGSP measurements. It is just below the lowest level considered to be 'pre-diabetic'. - So you are OK for now.
    Here is the result rom Dr Google:

    Convert between NGSP, IFCC and eAG
    NGSPHbA1c(%) ,IFCCHbA1c(mmol/mol) ,eAG (mg/dL)
    6.0 , 42 , 126
    7.0 , 53 , 154
    8.0 , 64 , 183
    9.0 , 75 , 212

    So if your result had been 6.0% that would have been 42 (in the units mostly used in here).
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,987
    Likes Received:
    21,505
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Welcome to the forum @JES 2. There are different scales used for expressing blood glucose figures. I assume in Spain your doctor is using the DCCT scale which is shown as a percentage.
    That is used in UK too, but the IFCC scale is more commonly used.

    You can use this online converter to find out what your HbA1c would be on the IFCC range:
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/hba1c-to-blood-sugar-level-converter.html

    This gives your DCCT reading of 5.9% as equivalent to 41.0 on the IFCC scale.
    In the UK below 42 is non-diabetic, 42-47 is pre-diabetic, and 48 and above is diabetic.
    So in the UK you would be considered non-diabetic, but close to becoming pre-diabetic.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Starfish18

    Starfish18 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,080
    Likes Received:
    3,224
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Hello,
    I've never been on meds. Dropping from 95 to 46 as just been diet.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  17. Starfish18

    Starfish18 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,080
    Likes Received:
    3,224
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Thank you
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook