Just got my latest A1C results. Went from an 8 to a 7.4. Still needs to be better, but it’s progress. Also lost 12 pounds. I’m sure that will be a help. Is 7 the majic number or is it 6?

Hi Don, the magic number is the number where you don’t go nuts with D :wink: (is that possible?) I’ve read somewhere that the best is 5.9% (so 6.0% is really great). Congrats on lowering your A1C! The best we have seen yet (7 year-old son) is 7.8%… What the doctor would prefer is in the 6% range but when the hormones and what not are working against us, in the 7% would be appreciated.

Good luck! Take care,

Hey Don. 6% or below is what we strive for. Going from 8 to 7.4 is great though. Keep working at it and you’ll get it down where you really want it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Give it time!!! Good job and good luck!!

Congratulations!! Way to go!

Under 7 is my magic number! It took me years to get there! I guess we all define our own magic numbers. But my doctor is happy when I’m under 7 and tells me that under 6 is not realistic, but I know real live diabetics that have gotten under 6-- so it is possible!

The magic number is as close as you can get to 4.7% which is normal.

Most of us settle for something in the 5% range which looks like it is low enough to cut way down on the risk of heart attack, and pretty much eliminate all other complications.

I’ve been running around 5.7% plus or minus .2 for most of this past decade and it’s worked out well for me. I can’t get any lower than that, so it will have to do.

Congrats on lowering your A1C! Keep up the good work! I was told the anything under 6.0 is great!

Hi Don, 4.7% is a bit low (and is it a realistic goal?). Here is a web page with some info on A1Cs. It may not be the best info but gives you an idea: http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/treatment/hba1c_1.html#good.