Back to Basics of Diabetes: A1C and blood glucose patterns

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Nora Saul is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Manager of Nutritional Services at the Joslin Diabetes Center

Great minds think alike—which means that people who are new to diabetes and the world of self management tend to come up with the same questions.

So for those of you a bit too shy to inquire directly, here’s what your fellows are curious about.

Every Monday, we will be posting a common diabetes-care question along with the answers I give patients. If there is a question you are dying to know the answer to, let us know.

I check my blood sugar every morning and it’s fine. So why is my A1C high?

A1C or glycoslated hemoglobin measures how much glucose attaches to the hemoglobin molecule (the oxygen transporting substance in the blood) over a 3 month period.

When you monitor your glucose once or twice a day you are taking a snap shot of what is happening in your body at a particular time. But glucose attaches to hemoglobin all the time—in the morning, in the evening, and after your have had that chicken pot pie dinner.   Checking your blood glucose at many different times throughout day will help you see a fuller picture of your glucose patterns and how they relate to your A1C.

2 Responses to Back to Basics of Diabetes: A1C and blood glucose patterns

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  2. MRS.P.POWELL says:

    Could you please tell me ,what is acseptable level of sugar count.,and what is considered as dangerousley high.

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