Just curious…do you worry about hypo unawareness? That seems to be the #1 reason most people, including endos, cite when recommending a higger A1c. For me, I worry that if I spend a lot of time bouncing around the 50-60 range I will get unaware.
People ask me this when my a1c is a percent higher than yours even. I did go low often when my a1c was once at 5% but I could see maintaining it without lows. I’m very aware of mine too…like extremely. Lows make me feel like I’m hit like a truck and I have woke up from knowing I’m low so there’s that.
I haven’t been low though since I lost my job last november …like literally not at all. I’ve been close in the upper 70’s and it makes me feel low…but yeah. My a1c is at 5.8% and the last one in November of last year was 5.7% and it’s sat around that for a good while, which is good.
Congrats on this. Irregardless it’d take a long time for you to get a bad a1c that’s a positive.
First of all, I can’t recall knowing these were thing. So, this is interesting, and I may look into this more.
Second, with the awareness of Hypo and I guess Hyper, but I’ll respond with the Hypo, I think it obviously depends on the person, I know for me it depends, sometimes I’ll get a feeling at 80’s, or if I have a sudden drop but I’ll be like 115, other times I’ll be 30-40 something an have no idea. As Eric said, sometimes I will test and get a low reading an be like Really? lol, or I’ll go to test an not get symptoms until I see the low number them I’m like, crap. lol. An with sleeping, I have dropped pretty low, but always have a vision so to speak, or feeling of some sort, then I wake up usually sweating really bad. Always a battle, everyday, all the time.
For people who are visiting the doctor regularly, what is the advantage of the home A1c tests? They seem rather expensive for general use.
I could see it for people that only see the endo once a year or something to do some interim testing, but for us, getting the blood-work done quarterly, this doesn’t seem like something we are interested in.
Well if you are going to do the testing, it would be interesting to see how your son’s A1c’s correlate with some of the new CGM measures. I have been able to guess my son’s A1c +/- 0.3 from his CGM history and how the last couple of weeks have been going.