My A1c's 1980-2009


I thought it might be interesting to some of you to see my A1c's starting in 1980. A1c testing was not available until 1976. My doc started A1c's with his patients in 1980. I was diagnosed in 1945 when I was 6 and I must have had very high blood sugar until about 1988. That is when my A1c's began improving. All that and I am alive after 64 years of Type 1 and I have no complications. If you have a lot of high blood sugar, that does not necessarily mean you will necessarily suffer diabetes complications. It varies so much from one type 1 diabetic, to another. I am living proof of that. Do the very best you can with your diabetes and keep this in mind. 

As part of my preparation for my taking part in the Joslin Medalist Study I was supposed to have a listing of all my A1c's that had ever been done. My doctor was very cooperative but there are several gaps in the list. The years 1990-1994 were not available. There are many other other gaps as well. This incomplete list was acceptable at Joslin on Nov 30, 2010. 

Below are the A1c's that my doc was able to retrieve from his files.

1980...10.6, 9.6, 9.0
1984...9.2, 9.7, 8.9
1987...8.0, 9.8, 10.3
1988...10.5, 7.7, 7.7

1997...6.0, 5.4
1999...6.8, 6.7, 6.5
2000...6.3, 6.1, 5.5
2001...5.8, 6.0, 5.6, 6.0
2002...6.0, 6.4, 6.2, 6.0
2003...5.6, 5.4, 5.9
2004...5.9, 5.7, 5.8, 5.6
2005...5.6, 5.8
2006...5.6, 5.7
2007...5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1
2008...5.7, 5.9, 5.7, 5.6
2009...5.6, 5.8, 5.8

Notice the drop from the 10's to the 7's in early 1988. That is when I read an article in a magazine that said diabetics should follow a low carb diet. My doctors never told me that. Then about the start of the new century I was permitted to use basal/bolus control. In 2007 I started pumping. My A1c's have been very good during the new century because I finally know what to do to get good control.

I took only one injection of beef/pork insulin per day during my first 40+ years.That continued for more than 40 years. Can you imagine what my A1c's would have been during those years? Those were the years before A1c's existed.. 

I feel so lucky to be alive and healthy, without complications. Is it good genes? Maybe the Joslin Study of long term type 1's will help answer those questions.



Those are some beautiful numbers! I'm also impressed you have such good records!

Richard, thank you for sharing this!  It is oddly comforting to know that your A1C's were high for so long, yet here you are...happy and healthy! 

Amazing transformation throughout the years! Wonderful to see what great control you have of the beast.  :)