An Interesting Look at A1C Levels

So when I was diagnosed with diabetes my A1C clocked in at 13.1, double what is normal for a diabetic to have as a goal, 6.5 to 7.  Interestingly enough that translates to an average blood glucose level of around 329 mg/dl, which is extremely high for an average. My blood glucose level when I was in the emergency room was over 500 mg/dl, and that was after not eating most of the day.  So in other words, my blood sugar was way out of control.

Since taking medication, doing daily insulin shots, changing my diet, and tracking everything and anything health wise, I’ve managed to get my weekly estimated A1c levels down considerably.  I used the A1c average calculator from the American Diabetes Association to create the table below.

Joseph Sollner A1C Levels
Weekly average estimated A1C levels.

As you can see my weekly estimates dropped dramatically right away, and have since continued to slowly drop.  Now, this doesn’t mean I dropped from a 13.1 to 7.1 in a week’s time.   These numbers are estimated based on the 4 daily blood glucose tests I preform (my fingers feel like swiss cheese from all the lancet pokes).  In mid-May I had an official A1C blood test done, along with a myriad of other blood and urine tests.  The official number that came back was 8.4.  Still higher than the goal, but much reduced from 13.1 (my attending doctor at the hospital referred to me being ‘super diabetic’ due to my A1C level being that high).

My next A1C and host of blood and urine tests is scheduled for the start of September.  It will be very interesting to see how close the weekly averages I am seeing match the results of the official test.  I feel confident they will be close, if not at least better than the 8.4 number from the last test.  Interestingly enough, I very rarely need to take any Humalog shots based on the low sliding scale anymore.  Humalog is a bolus insulin, bolus meaning fast acting.  I was taking four shots of Humalog a day initially.  So now a normal day for me consists of one seven unit shot of Levemir, a basal insulin, or baseline insulin.  Of course, I take 2 Metformin pills, 1 Lisinopril pill, 1 Pravastatin pill, perform 2 to 4 blood pressure tests, and preform 4 blood glucose tests daily as well.  The goal is to eventually eliminate most if not all of the medications down the road, wish me luck!

So there you have it, my interesting look at A1C levels.  You can read a bit more about it from the Mayo Clinic, or you can continue to follow my journey.

Here are a couple of pics from a trip to Maui a couple of years back.

Joseph Sollner Sailboat
Sailboat anchored right offshore.
Joseph Sollner Surf Boards
Plenty of boards, let’s go surfing.