As you may or may not remember, my stepfather has had A1cs in the 6.3-6.5 range, with random bgs in the neighborhood of 170-180, along with elevated cholesterol levels and bp readings. His private doctor has diagnosed him as having type 2 diabetes, "treated" with diet and exercise (not that he actually eats the way he should, but that's another story).
He finally decided to have the VA re-evaluate his disability claim, and he's been going to see many doctors for this evaluation, as he's got a number of problems beyond the diabetes. Believe me, so far, it's been a long, involved process that is testing all of our patience.
Now, the good news is that after researching his term of service in VietNam, the VA has agreed that he has been exposed to Agent Orange. However, he was told yesterday that if the A1c he had taken yesterday is not greater than 6.5, the VA will not say he has diabetes, but pre-diabetes and will not include that in his re-evaluation.
My question is: Can anyone confirm that the VA requires an A1c over 6.5 as diagnostic of diabetes? What about having a private physician saying, over and over again in his practice notes, that this person has diabetes? Does that not count? I looked at the VA website, and it seems to imply that if a private physician has diagnosed the vet as having diabetes and it has been confirmed that the vet was exposed to Agent Orange while deployed in VietNam, that the VA would accept that as having diabetes caused by his service. I'd really appreciate any information, as I'm pretty confused!