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What Is a Normal A1c for Type 2 Children?

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

According to the ADA and AACE, a normal A1c result is from 4-6%. Yet we know the closer you get to 6% means your average blood glucose is getting higher and increases your risk for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

We should be more aggressive especially with children who are at risk for diabetes; if not they may not live as long as their parents.

So a study was done with 400 healthy, non-diabetic children to measure their A1c result.

The object was to establish the normal distribution for glycohemoglobin (A1c) in sixth and seventh grade children and to assess the practicality of a school-based fingerstick screening program.

Fingerstick capillary whole blood was collected from 400 children aged 11 to 13 years and the percent A1c was determined on-site.

The results showed that, among the boys, the A1c was significantly higher among the minorities (4.88±0.37%, mean±S.D.) than among the non-hispanic whites (4.73±0.41%, P<0.01), but was similar in the two groups of girls (4.74±0.41 and 4.75±0.34, respectively, P=0.88).

None of the students had abnormal glucose tolerance by the standards published for adults.

From the results it was concluded that s: A1c in boys was higher among minorities than among the non-hispanic whites, even at this young age of 11–13 years. This may be an early sign of predisposition to Type 2 diabetes among the groups known to be at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes. However, this difference was not seen among girls. Reasons for the discrepancy between boys and girls is unexplained. A school-based fingerstick screening program proved to be practical. As the risk of obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes mellitus, increases among youth, the classroom may become an important location for screening.

Source: Diabetes In Control: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Volume 65, Issue 1, July 2004, Pages 45-49

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