Patient Comments: Hemoglobin A1c Test - High Results


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Comment from: ChrissyBozz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I had two uterine fibroids removed and one ground down because it was embedded in my uterine wall. This was a year and a half ago. Now my periods aren’t as apocalyptic as before but they are pretty horrid, heavy is an understatement and they last 10 days. Cramping before and after period is over. Going for an MRI to see if it’s the leftover fibroid that’s causing issues, who knows where I go from there.

Comment from: Patrina , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

My HbA1c is 6.6 and my doctor prescribed metformin.

Comment from: Jenpj71 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I had blood tests and the HbA1c result was 51. As a power chair user for 2 years I've gained weight a lot, and struggling to lose. My thyroid is also virtually not working, can't take medicines as they interact with pain medicines I have to have. Anyway she told me to go on a virtually carb free, low sugar diet, low fat diet, which I've done for 4 weeks. I've lost 3 k, just had a new blood test and I await results. I've purchased carb free rice and pasta and Lo-Dough; it's low calorie and low carb to make quiche and pizza.

Comment from: Kbear, Published: August 29

I have been doing a lot of research on CIN1. I was 26 when my doctor told me I have cervical dysplasia (CIN1), January of 20017. I didn't think anything of it. But then she told me I have HPV high risk E6/E7 mRNA. One day I was looking through my medical records online and discovered I had CIN1 3 years ago July of 2014 and my doctor never told me. Now I am stressing over it because my periods are irregular and when I do have them they are strange. Also the year of 2014 I told my doctor I was having clots the size of 2 half dollars put together and she didn't say anything either. I get pelvic pain sometimes. She did a biopsy and I was positive for CIN1 and high risk HPV and ascus. I don't know what I should do, maybe I should get a new doctor.

Comment from: Paralegal1, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

In May 2015 I was really tired, lethargic and bloated all the time. I was so constipated and miserable. I had been gluten free for 4 years by self-diagnosis. Finally, I went to a gastroenterologist. My blood work came back positive for Helicobacter pylori. The doctor said that H. pylori causes similar symptoms as gluten allergies. I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy which showed all of the internal inflammation and prior damage from the bacteria. It seemed to be dormant so there was no need for eradication, however the prescription acid reflux pills made me sick so I stopped that. Now I take probiotics and manuka honey and feel great. Try to avoid the prescription drugs. I have to go back for a check up to see if the bacteria is gone.

Comment from: e mcconaghie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

My hemoglobin is 102, I am not sure what that means. Any time before when I got the blood tested it would say 8.2, I don’t know what 102 means.

Comment from: Sugardaddy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 30

I was just tested for HbA1c on August 21, 2018. I'm a veteran and my A1C is 15.2 and my glucose is 463. I'm 68 and not overweight and feel great, but now I read all these articles and I am concerned. I just got the Accu-Chek Aviva Plus test today 8/29 but no plan from the doctor yet.

Comment from: midookie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I just had a laparoscopy 2 days ago and other than feeling full and bloated from the gas and a soreness around the incisions, I feel pretty good. The day of the surgery when I came home, I was very sleepy and slept for almost 2 days with getting up, except here and there to use the bathroom and eat. My throat was very sore and thirsty and my mouth was so dry. Urinating hurt for a day or so, from the catheter I think, because it was bleeding a little bit. But it's okay now. If you're worried about the surgery itself, don't! Because you're not going to remember anything at all!

Comment from: lastlooks, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I found great relief for my paronychia with tea tree oil. Pain went away after I soaked it.

Comment from: cynical1941, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I had an initial A1C of 7.2 and high blood pressure. I took medicines for 30 days and had horrible life threatening reactions. I dumped the medicines and went on low carb eating. Daily 50 to 80 grams weight toward morning and night. Lost 14 pounds in 90 days. Blood pressure is in the 105 to 115/68 to 74 range and A1C came down to 6.1. Now the family nurse practitioner wants me to take a statin and is really irritated when I refuse. She backed off when I told her she tried to kill me with the first medicines and she has no credibility.


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Comment from: GlutenFree Girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

My hemoglobin A1C test result: 5.5. I eat gluten-free, no dairy, and no red meat… lots of vegetables and fruit. I have lost 20 lb. in the last year, and I’m in my 60s.

Comment from: angie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

My hemoglobin A1c is 6.3. The doctor said it should be 5.2. He said I'm eating something that is producing sugar, my glucose is 99 which is good. I can't think of what is making sugar go up in A1c. I eat fresh vegetables and protein, no dough products or white products.

Comment from: raj, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

At time of detection of type II diabetes, it was 10.8%. Recently HbA1C is 5.7%. It means that again pre-diabetic condition has occurred.

Comment from: JenJen89, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have been insulin resistant for approximately 5 years. I can't tolerate Metformin. I am 24 years old with several other health problems. I had extreme nausea and right side pain, elevated liver enzymes and enlarged liver for approximately 1 or 2 years. I have Just got results back today from the doctor saying that my A1C is 179. Pancreas is making way too much insulin and I’ve got to get on Metformin immediately, no carbohydrates, strict diet or pancreas and liver will shut down. I wonder if it is even possible for my A1C to be that high! My sugar levels are never high!

Comment from: sbyrs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I had 18 inches of my sigmoid colon removed a year ago due to diverticulitis. I was feeling great. I have been diagnosed with a moderate size hiatal hernia. I had been getting short of breath but then it would go away. Now for the past several weeks it doesn’t go away. I have shortness of breath all the time and pain in my back and shoulders, and a tight feeling in my chest. I wonder if all these symptoms are of hiatal hernia.

Comment from: cynical1941, 75 or over (Patient) Published: February 16

Back again! I had A1C tested again December 8. During the visit the nurse asked me again why I wasn't taking the medications. She had no idea as to my last A1C result but had a real handle on concentrating on her laptop. She tried to push me onto a statin and back on lisinopril (to protect my kidneys), didn't care about my previous problems with the drug. I handed her my blood pressure and glucose (4 times a day) log from the last 30 days and she barely looked at them. A1C came back at 5.9.

Comment from: sallreav, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

The results of my hemoglobin A1c test was 6.0. I had not fasted and the blood was taken at 4 pm.

Comment from: mary, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 16

At my annual health screening my hemoglobin A1c was 5.7.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

My endocrinologist did my A1C in his office when I went to see him about my Thyroid medication. The number was 5.9. He said this is border line and that I need to keep an eye on it. I told him if he could get my TSH levels right, I would then focus on the A1C. My mother has Diabetes. I am 39 years old female, 5 foot 9 inches and gaining weight because I'm Hypothyroidic after surgery to remove my thyroid. I weigh 262 right now and have gained about 12 pounds in the last month or so.

Comment from: dvig0216, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I just came back from Internist and she said that I had a hemoglobin A1C of 5.9. She said that it was high, however I noted that on this site it is within the reference range.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 29

I have type 2 diabetes and my hemoglobin A1c is 5.8 H.

Comment from: jrebel, Published: September 21

I was driving and suddenly felt severe pain under my right arm and when I felt I found a large lump that was very sore and it is extending pain into the right side of my neck. I had one removed from my left arm pit a few years ago.


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Comment from: Vietta, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 09

The results of my hemoglobin A1c test is 6.0 (4.8-5.6 percent), high.

Comment from: fel, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

My hemoglobin A1c is 5.8 and estimated average glucose is 120.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 18

My doctor did a cortisol test and a hemoglobin A1C, and it came back 6.1, but it was not fasting that affects the level. I had eggs and sausage and a small piece of breakfast bread 2 hours before. I told the lab people they said it didn’t matter.

Comment from: Ashlee, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 07

I am 53 years old. My A1c is 5.9 and fasting glucose serum is 89. My father was diabetic and my mother is borderline like me.

Comment from: sujoh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

The result was 5.7 after 3 months of low-carb diet and losing 20 lbs. Initial FBS (fasting blood sugar) was 118.

Comment from: golan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I received my blood test and the results are as follows: HbA1C 6.2 Glucose 92.

Comment from: Battleaxe, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

My HbA1C Went from 7.6 to 6.8.

Comment from: Fat Dad, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

There seems to be some inconsistency in the use of Metform, HgB A1c, and daily BG. I was put on Metformin last fall as my HgB A1c was 8.2 and I weighed 215 pounds. By April I was down to 175 and HgB A1c of 6.2 Not on medication anymore. So why and I reading about people here who are being put on Metformin with 5.9 HgB A1c and normal daily BG? One of my diabetic friends has an odd situation: HgB A1c is 5.9 and daily BG is an average 135 - 140. How is it possible to have a low HgB A1c with a somewhat high daily BG? I am both a patient and a caregiver.

Comment from: grandmarst, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

My hemoglobin A1c was tested as well as my mean blood glucose, which was 6.1 mmol/L. My estimated average glucose is 128 mg/dL.

Comment from: Elaine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

My HGBA1C test was 6.2 and my average blood sugars was 126 mg/dl. My doctor placed me on metformin and diagnosed me with diabetes mellitus type 2. So far, I am tolerating the medication.

Comment from: Shirley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I'm 68 and weigh 180 at 5'2". When I test my sugar it's low, but my A1c is 7.2. My doctor is sending me for a glucose tolerance test. My sugar tests at 97, 102, and 106. My Alc was 6.2 a year ago. I'm afraid of taking medicine I don't need.

Comment from: Doss, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 22

my hemoglobin a1c is 5.8 and my avg. glucose is 120 i have diabetis for 3years

Comment from: Joann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I became hyperthyroid at the same time my hemoglobin A1c was checked. It was 6.5. When my endocrinologist told me that my body has almost used all of the insulin stores it has, I was alarmed. I took myself off all simple sugars (syrup, donuts, candy, cookies, ice cream, etc). Then a week later I took myself off all simple carbs (white pasta, white rice, white potatoes, white bread). I eat four servings of carbs a day. These servings I try to make whole grain; brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potato, whole grain breads, corn tortillas. My doctor plans to check my hg A1c in two months, can't wait!

Comment from: rhead, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I am a 49-year-old white female with an A1C score of 5.6 and a mean plasma glucose of 122. I weigh 165 and have been on a high-protein, low-carb diet since March 2011. I go up and down 10 pounds at various weeks. I do not exercise as I have had various illnesses that have kept me from doing so. My grandmothers both had diabetes, one severely and was overweight. The doctor told me to decrease carbs and sugars.

Comment from: ralphk, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 13

17 is the result of my hemoglobin A1c test. My glucose test result was 90.

Comment from: 2xanan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

My A1c results were 5.8 and a mean of 114. My doctor said a level of 5.8 does not REQUIRE treatment yet but because it is at the top of the range diet and excercise changes are required. The mean of 114 was a little too high for him. He would like to see it 100 or a little lower.

Comment from: Houndhuntr, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

I am a 65 year old caucasian male, 5"10" and 270 pounds. Plenty overweight I know. My Hb A1C just came back at 5.7. According to ADA less than 7% is within normal limits. I am concerned but not going to over react to this. Will try and lose some weight.

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 14

My hemoglobin A1c results were 6.1.

Comment from: Vic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I just received my hemoglobin A1c test result today: a 6.1 level. It was listed as abnormal. I have a follow-up appointment next week. I am a 55-year-old female and am about 40 pounds overweight. I am 5 feet 3 inches tall.

Comment from: worriedgranny, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 06

My grandson who is 7 years old recently had an A1C level of 6.1. This was up from 6 months ago when it was 5.7. He is very thin and very active. There is no family history of diabetes. However, I am very worried. He is scheduled for another test.

Comment from: turbokitty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I'm 5'4, 130 pounds, 50 year old female who just got an A1C test back that was at 6.0. My doctor doesn't seem concerned at all. He just said to watch what I eat. Does this mean I will end up with diabetes for sure if I don't watch what I eat? My CBC also came back and my WBC is still falling. It is now 3.7. I don't think this has anything to do with my sugar.

Comment from: 45-54 Male Published: November 07

A1c now 5.4, my prior glucose (Feb) was about 350 and I lost 30 pounds and went on strict diet. Cholesterol-188, hdl-42, triglycerides 130, bp 124/83. Weight 205 (17% body fat) age 53 6'3.” All in all, fairly normal profile. Took 8 months with a mostly vegetarian diet, sugars mainly from fruit. Lifestyle changes do work! Good luck to everybody! Just started exercise, lowers my blood sugar about 15 an hour.

Comment from: Vinod, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 18

My test readings are as under; fasting plasma glucose:150 mg/dl post lunch plasms glucose:189 mg/dl HB A1C : 7.58 %

Comment from: Brigette, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 03

I am 44, White woman, 5'6 /235 lbs. My test came back 10.3 I'm taking this very serious and it's changing everything about my life. My doctor said I can reverse it, if I lose the weight. Next week I go in for stress test {echo test}.

Comment from: milo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I had blood test taken and My hemoglobin A1c was 6.2.

Comment from: RAMJR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

A1C test results of 6.3. Checking for possible Diabetes.

Comment from: Lucky to be alive, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

Being a new type 2 diabetic for a year, I came close to losing a limb or my life because my internal doctor did have me use a glucose meter. I learned the hard way he was checking my sugars by my A1C which were good. But between them I was having highs and lows. No foot care/or referral for foot doc. No diet teaching. I just happen to be in a city when I got ill and had excellent care.

Comment from: kidekat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I'm 48 year old female 5'8" 180lbs. My HgA1C levels have been 6.5. But now my Doctor tells me my insulin level is increased to 19.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

My A1C was 6.0. I am 5'5" and weigh 200 lbs. I am 61 years old and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Comment from: Rose, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

My hemoglobin ALC A1c is 5.7. I'm 68 years old, 150 pounds and 5.3".

Comment from: tkminmd, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I'm 6'1" and I weigh 203 pounds. I recently lost 24 pounds. My Hemoglobin A1c was 6.0.

Comment from: Train, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

Just had an annual physical and my hemoglobin A1c test was 6.5, cholesterol 173, blood pressure 120/80 and at 6' my weight is 190lbs.

Comment from: carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

My glucose level was 100 but my hemoglobin alc was 6.5. The doctor is going to check in 1 week to see results again. She said I might have to be on meds.

Comment from: barb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

The results of my hemoglobin A1c test were 0.063.

Comment from: Eihtbalr1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I got my results today and my hemoglobin A1c test was at 6.5 and glucose was at 99. Today starts my new diet!