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[IPk] HbA1c "normal" range

 Just wanted to share an experience from yesterday with you all - to see if
anyone else has had similar ones...

 I generally do everything to do with my diabetes at the hospital and just
occasional infections etc to my GP. However I went to my GP last week to
an HbA1c and thyroid tests and was told they would send me the results if they
were OK but otherwise I'd have to come and see a doctor. I rang yesterday and
was told that I had to see the doctor - which would be next week. So I spent
half the day convinced that it must mean that I had a thyroid deficiency
there couldn't possibly be much wrong with the HbA1C (my last one in December
was 6.2).
 Eventually I couldn't take the suspense so managed to speak to a nurse, who
said thyroid was fine but HbA1c was ' a bit high' at 7.1. I would agree that I
would like it to be back in the 6s, but consider current result to be fairly
satisfactory, and my specialist had been raving about how excellent the 6.2
 I then got home to find that they had in fact sent me the HbA1c - but what
me furious was that they had defined the 'normal' range ("DCCT adjusted") as
4-5.5. Any other normal ranges I've seen go up to at least 7, and as far as I
recall the DCCT pointed out that an hba1c that's too low would lead to more
hypos... The reason it makes me particularly cross are that given the number of
uninformed healthcare professionals we all have to deal with, that kind of
definition of normal is very misleading (and to add further insult in my case
the suggestion scribbled at the bottom was that I talk to the practise
nurse....) and doesn't necessarily fit with what the diabetes specialists are
aiming at (a friend of mine was told that 5.5 was too low). Any thoughts

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