20 December 2011

Hey (diabetic) Girl, What's Yo #?

A1c, that is - down from 6.8 in September. A1c that I been workin toward for a year and a half. Man, it feels good to be a gangsta.
 After a diabetes diagnosis, the A1C test is used to monitor your diabetes treatment plan. Since the A1C test measures your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months instead of your blood sugar level at a point in time, it is a better reflection of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working overall.

A1C level Average blood sugar level
5 percent 80 mg/dL (4.4 mmol/L)
6 percent 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L)
7 percent 150 mg/dL (8.3 mmol/L)
8 percent 180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L)
9 percent 210 mg/dL (11.7 mmol/L)
10 percent 240 mg/dL (13.3 mmol/L)
11 percent 270 mg/dL (15 mmol/L)
12 percent 300 mg/dL (16.7 mmol/L)
13 percent 333 mg/dL (18.5 mmol/L)
14 percent 360 mg/dL (20 mmol/L)
 (A person without diabetes is typically between 4.5 and 6 %.)
Thank you Mayo Clinic for that overview.

So, the fact that mine is 6.4 makes me pretty dang thrilled.

Take that, diabeetus, YOU HUSSY!

We can always count on Pinterest for a good image, can't we?

New goals:
1) Achieve "true" A1c of 6.4, not just a bunch of lows, and a bunch of highs that average out to a 6.4, but a nice, flat 6.4. forever the perfectionist
2) Avoid spikes when eating fatty meals by using dual wave feature, taking 25% of insulin up front, and 75% about 3 hours later.
3) Make healthier food choices (like, not bacon, tons of cheese, beef, hashbrowns and fries ... oops)
4) Try really hard to bolus (take insulin) 20 minutes ahead of a meal when possible.
5) Don't make constant rate changes myself - upload sugars every 2-3 weeks and let my endocrinologist make changes instead. After all, she is trained for this, and it's why I pay her.

It so rocks when hard work pays off. Yay. Yay. Yayville!

What a fab way to kick off my Christmas break!
Thank you, Jesus!


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