Latest Levels (HbA1c)
I recently had my HbA1c, it is a very interesting test.
Your red blood cells are made up of haemoglobin, now glucose sticks to the haemoglobin to make haemoglobin A1c or HbA1c. We use the percentage of this test to get my estimated average glucose. This is a very handy test if you are a diabetic because it gives you an idea in how you are managing your diabetes. With everything there are flaws like if I go hypo (low glucose levels) and then hyper (high glucose levels) my average could be the same as just keeping it normal. Basically your red blood cells live for 8-12 weeks which means that if you are trying to improve your measurement then you should get tested every 3 months, but if you are stable then you only need to get tested every 6 months.
OK so that is the quick biology lesson over.
So I had my HbA1c done and it came back at 5.9mmol/L. This is a pretty good result which I am very happy about! I was a little nervous when I had the blood taken because I think my “Honeymoon” phase for the diabetes is over, which means it is harder now to control my glucose level, if I don’t inject enough insulin will remain high and wont come down until I either exercise or inject again.