What’s The Best A1c?

Covered in coffee and crayons but, here's the Proof
Covered in coffee and crayons but, here’s the Proof


I loved how on DSMA the other night, everyone agreed that the best A1c level varied from person to person.  It’s true.  There are so many variables in our lives that differ from others. 

Some people don’t feel when their low.  Some do.  Should they run their numbers the same?  What about a one year old versus a 25 year old?  Some of us are able to test more frequently than others, some have a CGMS and some don’t, some have complications and some don’t, and then there are personal preferences and comfort levels.

My goal for a low A1c seemed odd last night because of how low it is.  I aim to be between 4.5 and 5.  I truly understand why someone wouldn’t feel comfortable running numbers that low.  My goal is what it is because I always feel my lows (starting at 65), I stay at home with the kids all day (so it’s relatively easier for me to test and eat), and because I’ve heard that a non-diabetic usually has an A1c that starts with 4%.  Oh and because I don’t feel well if I run a little higher.  And if I don’t feel well, I’ll get depressed, and if I get depressed, every aspect of my life and my family’s suffers.

I’ve heard other data on what a normal A1c is and so the discrepancy is something I wonder about from time to time.  Is it better to have an A1c of 4.8 than 5.5?  I don’t know.  But, since most of the data I’ve read puts most A1c’s at a 4.-something, then that’s what I go for-providing it’s safe for me.  I’m grateful that I feel my lows.  I’m grateful that I don’t have a hectic lifestyle at the moment (even If I sometimes yearn for more excitement).  And I hope every day that having a low A1c will give me chances closer to that of someone without diabetes. 

Someone once emailed me saying my A1c was “rude to disclose” because it “made people feel bad about themselves”.  First of all, I’m sorry this person felt bad.  Secondly, we have a choice whether we let someone else’s results make us feel bad or not.  Thirdly, I’m well acquainted with my own past A1c’s of 8, 9, 10, and 11% and I have disclosed that, too.  We’re all on a journey to better and maintain health.  If I get a complication and you don’t, I should be happy for you and forgiving (not critical) of myself. 

Someone has also said I must be lying (so above is the picture of my latest lab results).  Luckily the majority of people in the DOC believe one another’s posted results, and that’s nice.

Anyway, the whole truth is, my feet are feeling funny lately…and it may not be diabetes related, but it may be and I’m scared to death.  I’ve limped a lot for the past 7 months and can only work out for about half a month and then I’m sidelined again.  So until I can see a doctor (appointment is in April), I’m going to aim low, try to avoid lows, keep standard deviation low, and <sigh> hope for the best.

6 thoughts on “What’s The Best A1c?

  1. Melissa E

    Awesome A1C! Your A1C doesn’t make me feel bad, it makes me want to get mine lower! Mine is at a 6.2 right now and I am aiming for lower too. Of course, I stay at home too (but without kids to chase after), so I can work around my diabetes very easily. I think that does make maintaining a low A1C easier (the main reason I quit my job a few years ago!) Keeping a low A1C is a full-time job in and of itself. Kudos to you!

  2. Sysy Post author

    Thank you, Melissa! It’s nice to hear this today :) And you’re right, taking care of diabetes is a full time job! Great job on your A1c, yours is very good, too!

  3. Amanda

    I too appreciate seeing other people’s A1C’s (higher or lower than my own). It reminds me that I’m not alone out there in the world of diabetes management and that others have ups & downs just like I do. Thanks for sharing with us. Melissa is right, diabetes is a full time job, thankfully the DOC (and the internet in general)has made it easier to remember we’re not in it alone.

  4. Sysy Post author


    Thanks for letting me know! And that’s how I feel about it too, when I read other people’s A1c’s and posts in general…I too feel like I’m not alone and that is a valuable thing. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Reyna Maher

    I love that people are comfortable disclosing their A1Cs and that we can all learn from each other and support one another…afterall, isn’t that what the DOC is about?

    Great A1C Sysy! And…great post.

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