An A1c is a measure of how well your diabetes is doing over a 3 month period. Get one. It is one of the best ways of determining if your meds, exercise, diet, etc are working It's also great to pat yourself on the back when your numbers are better than you thought.
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When my husband was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I would ask him his "numbers" every time he tested himself. I quickly realized that this was stressing him out in a situation that was already very stressful because my reaction often reinforced his anxiety. Now, I never ask. I let him tell me, and he does. As a result, we are both more relaxed about his health. (His A1C was 6.1 last time it was checked. He's doing great!)
When he was diagnosed with diabetes, his A1C was over 13 so his A1C reassures us both that he's truly taking care of himself.
I'm an Insulin dependent diabetic, & while insulin use dropped my A1c into the 7's, I wanted to be closer to normal. My Endocrinologist worked with me to find how many grams of carbohydrates would need one unit of insulin. Since then I have calculated the exact amount of insulin needed to keep me in the high 70's to low 80's by the time of the next meal. I calculate immediately after a meal & take my insulin After the meal. For the past year, my A1c average has been 5.9. A bonus to this tight
control is my LDL, VLDL & triglycerides have dropped into a below average range & my HDL has risen from 38 to the high 50's. If you choose to work with your Endo, you have to make absolutely sure that your meals are spaced equally or you can have hypoglycemic episodes that pose serious health risks.
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