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How has your HbA1c changed in the past year?


Decreased more than 1%






Decreased 1% or less






Stayed about the same






Increased 1% or less






Increased more than 1%






I've had diabetes less than a year






I don't know






What's HbA1c?






Total votes: 448


How has your HbA1c changed in the past year?

Poll dates: October 19 - 26, 2003
Total Votes: 448

The HbA1c measurement lets you know what your average blood sugar control has been like for the past two to three months. Since day-to-day blood glucose readings can vary quite a bit and represent only a few points in time, health care professionals rely on the HbA1c measurement to provide an assessment of overall control. The ADA recommends that everyone get an HbA1c measurement every three months. There are several ways to get an HbA1c test performed, including in-home testing kits.

The table below shows how the results from this poll compare with the two previous times we ran this question.

Change   Oct 2003   Oct 2002   Oct 2001   Jul 2000
Decreased more than 1%   18%   20%   27%   19%
Decreased 1% or less   14%   13%   14%   9%
Stayed about the same   32%   29%   20%   26%
Increased 1% or less   9%   8%   7%   9%
Increased more than 1%   8%   9%   10%   13%
Had diabetes less than a year   9%   8%   13%   18%
Don't know   1%   2%   4%   3%

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