What is a normal AIC?


(larawithhrt) #1

I know what the ideal range is around 6-7 right?  But for kids hasn't it gone up to 8 because of keeping it in the 6 ranges may put them more at risk of trying to be too aggessive and cause too many low bloodsugars- and we all know the risk of that.

Can I get some REAL feedback from all of you..

I feel like such a failure- basically, my daughter's AIC's have been 8.5 all YEAR, and the last one 8.9!!  We have been trying soooo hard to at least get it down to 8 and I thought it would be and then got her last result and I feel like such a failure!!

I need to know if your kid's AIC's are in the 7's.  Please be honest and share some of your AIC's and if some of you have input like, "yeah, I need to be more aggessive- there is no reason hers should be in 8.9" I am ready to hear it.  I am second guessing how I treat her disease.  I think we are trying, but maybe we are compromising too much- it is sooo hard to find balance.

She is 8 years old.


(red) #2

Hi Laura,

Before anyone starts posting their A1C's I want you to remember that different labs, techniques and staff can affect a true "benchmark" A1C. That's why labs usually gibe you a range of what's "normal" whenever they go through their particular protocol.

That being said, please don't let the A1C test be the "be all end all" score in how you measure your performance as a mom taking care of her child with diabetes. There's more to it than that. Just keep doing your best.

This is what I wrote about this subject in my blog a few weeks ago when my daughter had her A1C test: http://parentsguidetodiabetes.blogspot.com/2009/09/my-very-best.html


(red) #3

oops - I was typing too fast! here's the link about the A1C post on my blog

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Hi Laura,

Before anyone starts posting their A1C's I want you to remember that different labs, techniques and staff can affect a true "benchmark" A1C. That's why labs usually gibe you a range of what's "normal" whenever they go through their particular protocol.

That being said, please don't let the A1C test be the "be all end all" score in how you measure your performance as a mom taking care of her child with diabetes. There's more to it than that. Just keep doing your best.

This is what I wrote about this subject in my blog a few weeks ago when my daughter had her A1C test: http://parentsguidetodiabetes.blogspot.com/2009/09/my-very-best.html

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(larawithhrt) #4

Red,

I appreciate your supportive, intelligent and positive feedback.  Thanks!  I read your blog.

There is more behind my question; I, the mom, am also a T1 for 26 years and my AIC was up too to 8.1!  so, I am struggling with my own management but thought I was being rigorous with my daughter.  Then when her AIC was high, thought- well, I have been compromising with my control (like testing about 6 times a day for myself when it should be about 8-9 times - skipping a few tests when I am having a snack and guessing because I am just sooo sick of testing sooo much)  but of course, I never do that with my daughter.  What a hypocrite I have been- so I am going through a lot of emotional stuff trying to take care of her and me!  I think just writing this out is making me realize how much I have been struggling internally with all this and will seek out a support group in person- haven't done that in over 24 years,  Thanks for listening and will keep in mind what you said about AIC's.  Thanks again and like your blog.

Your daughter is blessed to have you and your wife for parents.

Laura


(ameenk01) #5

My daughter is always about 7.1 to 7.4 and her endo says that is perfect. I have been told that ages 6-12 should be less than 8% and 13-19 should be less than 7.5% and we know the rest. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, the numbers aren't perfect. Things can mess it all up that we aren't even aware of sometimes. I would not beat yourself up over it. I saw my endo about a month ago and was convinced I was doing great, except for a cold i spent a week or so fighting. My A1c went from 6.5 to 7.1, I usually stay at 6.5 because I tend to drop low very fast and don't feel it until i am 40.  I almost fell over because I haven't had an A1c that high in probably 10 years. But I know I did my best and checked as often as I could. I decided that next time will be better and it doesn't pay to dwell on it.

And unfortunately in the teen years, from what I can remember, A1C's can be all over the place simply do to hormones messing with blood sugars. S parents of diabetics, we have lots of fun things to conquer in the years ahead. My suggestion to you would be to maybe try checking at times in which you normally wouldn't. Perhaps in the middle of the afternoon she is spiking but you are not seeing it because it is not a time she normally checks. Just an idea, but I think you are doing pretty well with it and I would not stress about it. Sometimes it is just out of our hands. Good luck!


(red) #6

Here's a good online calculator that you can use to convert A1C to average blood sugar: http://bloodsugar101.com/A1Ccalc.php