Discovery of the A1C Testing
By Kharla Jolly
East Tawas, Michigan
July 12, 2019 11:51am CST
I'm so thankful for the discovery of the A1C test, which wasn't available twenty years ago. When I was first diagnosed with early signs of diabetes, I started to panic! It was a disease, that I'd rather not have to deal with:( I'd worked in the medical field long enough, to know the ugliness of prolonged, uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Blindness? Amputations? Kidney Failure? Heart Attack? Reading about these things frightened me! Then my doctor told me about the A1C test, that's performed in the doctor's office, every three months. He told me, that this would be my 'report card', showing him how well I'd been following the recommended, diabetic diet. Also, he told me to get some exercise each day, to keep my blood glucose within a safe range. This might sound silly, but I look forward do getting my A1C done! There's no hiding my disobedience or a lax attitude towards my condition. I'm forced to realize, how serious it is to stick to the rules Photo:NOT MINE, Borrowed from Pixabay
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• Bunbury, Australia
I know what you're saying about diabetes. We have friends with Type 2, as Vince has, but they haven't made any changes to their lifestyle. They will be so sorry one day. Vince tests his glucose levels and blood pressure several times a week. He also has lab tests done every three months which is probably similar to what you have.
• East Tawas, Michigan
And Vince won't experience those hideous results, that your friends will probably face. Keeping a close eye on those glucose levels, should never be taken lightly! In the long run, Vince will do just fine with this disorder. A1C is done every 3 months, to let us know if we're keeping our blood sugar at a safe level.
• East Tawas, Michigan
Actually, I do test my blood glucose three times a day. But the numbers are sometimes up and sometimes quite low. The A1C gives a diabetic the average level of glucose, over a 3 months period of time. It measures the sugar coating on the blood cells. If it's too high, that person can suffer a heart attack! Just like in school, our teacher would average all our grades out every six weeks and give us a final score.