My son had his first A1c test yesterday, and if you read my previous post you’ll know I was a little nervous about it. Well…. He did fine according to the endocrinologist. His A1c is 8.1 which we were told equated to a blood glucose average of 211. At first we were thinking this was a bit high (and in reality it is) but the doctor told us that she didn’t want his numbers any lower for now, 8.1 is basically as good as they want him while he is still so small. There are a couple contributing factors: First, he’s in his honeymoon period and we don’t know when his body will produce some insulin. Second, he is very sensitive to the insulin and sugars. Third, he’s barely 2 years old. All of these factors led to the doctor telling us that we shouldn’t strive for lower numbers right now because it would cause him to have more lows and require more corrections to bring him up. All of this makes sense to me, except one part, which I didn’t realize until I saw my last post. An A1c equals a sugar average of 211? Or is it closer to 185? Well it turns out it depends on where you’re looking, I guess. The chart on my last post is showing an A1c of 8 equaling 183, which caused me to do some research and I saw a whole slew of other charts with different numbers. I guess I figured out which version our diabetes team uses, which will become the one I use, but I still wonder about the variations. Let me show my examples:
I have no idea why so many charts would have so many different numbers, seems like it would be a mathematical conversion formula. Either way, our son is at 8.1 and while this is not where we want him long term, the endocrinologist was very pleased with where he’s at right now. As he gets bigger, we can tighten up and bring him down but for now, it’s a “keep doin’ what yer doin'” situation.