Dear TU folks,
The A1C test, in my opinion does not really say what is going on and only adds stress to an already stressful situation.
I had a lot of trouble with synthetic insulin the 80s and I measured "LO", below 1, many times a day and 40 at other times and yet my A1C was around 7-8. My doctor at the time told me it had to be lower but I knew if I tried that I would die so I ignored that educated opinion.
I am in a much better place now with 5.5 - 6.0 and don't use synthetics, but just the same I am retired and am at home most of the time, so in a safe place which allows me to safely run close to the wire.I get an A1C once a year just for fun just because I like looking at my own blood, OK, bad joke ha ha!!!
I believe kids and teens should always be higher than adults. I believe people who work or are physically very active should be higher too. As well, diabetics who live alone should be a lot higher for safety. There is a reason most people who succumb to dead in bed are kids, teens, and people who live alone. We are far from equal as the medical system seems to think we are.
Just my humble opinion and I hope to hear your opinions and take care of yourselves.
PS: I never meant to infer that the test is bad, in fact it is very helpful. The problem is that some people can't seem to get the number low enough for their doctors. I have one friend who has never been below 9 but is brittle and every day is a total surprise and is always so frustrated with the A1C. At one time I was hypo-unaware and tested 15 times a day and my number was never below 7.