Teen Topic #18: How do you feel about the A1c (not your current A1c, just the idea of the A1c in general). Does it add too much stress? Does it help you or make it worse?

Luke (age 15)
I look at the A1C kinda like a grade for the last few months.  I know I need to adjust some things if it is high, and if it’s good, then I know I am on the right track.  I don’t let it bring me down because I know I am trying my best!

Jayden (age 16)
 It’s a good idea to have one,  but it adds so much stress that you don’t feel like you need to take care of yourself.  If your A1C is high anyway then you just feel like it will never go down and taking care of yourself is pointless.

Cameron (age 16)
I honestly couldn’t care less about it. I have a general feel about how I’m doing. It doesn’t stress me out or any of that stuff.

Josh (age 17)
I feel the A1C is a very essential to maintaining a healthy blood sugar average. It’s almost like a overview check up that you have to worry about. Makes me buckle down a bit more!

Ashley C.  (age 14)
I hate the A1c thing, it makes me look like a terrible diabetic.

Jordan (age 17)
I like the A1c because it motivates me to do better.  It provides a scale on which I can rate myself and my diabetes performance.

Brandon (age 15)
I think the A1C itself is a good thing, but the way that some doctors use it against you is not a good thing.  I feel that if this was used differently by doctors it would be a lot more useful.

Ashley B. (age 15)
I like finding out my A1c’s, I especially like to guess what it is before the endo reveals it. I typically have great A1C’s, ranging from 7.2 to 8.3.

Laura (age 16)
I feel like it’s a good way to keep up with how I’m handling my health, but it also can be pretty stressful. I struggle to keep it down and then when I find that it’s gone up, I just feel so defeated.

Jessica (age 19)
I think A1c is an overall, long-term, good thing. For me, it provides a baseline of where I am and where I need to go in keeping my diabetes in check. Yes, it can be stressful if you know the number is/will be “bad”,  but at the same time it is an extreme motivator for me. I know that a good A1c will not only make everyone happy, but it makes me feel good about myself; it’s like a good pat on the back. While, on the other hand, it can be a swift kick telling me I need to get back on track and up my game to make everyone, including myself, proud.

Mercedes (age 16)
I think the A1c is a good thing to have to help people know what they need to do to stay healthy. I think it helps us get to where we need to be. I do think it is annoying sometimes, too.

Claire (age 16)
I guess A1C is cool. But it does add that extra element of stress to the disease that honestly I don’t think any kid needs. Although we should know if we’re adequately taking care of our bodies, the extra hyping it up doesn’t help. I mean, obviously, knowing how you handle your own health is good. You can brag about a good A1C, but it is pretty stressful.

Cole (age 15)
I don’t really stress about my A1c. I try to keep my sugars in range because that’s all you can do, but it’s more of a beginning of the school year quiz grade, rather than a final end of the year grade. I don’t think it helps or makes it worse, it’s just something that’s there. It helps because it can tell me if I should aim for lower numbers or higher numbers but that’s about it.

Amy (age 18)
To me the A1C is just another thing about Diabetes that’s there to stress a person out. It is another thing to feel bad about if it’s not perfect; especially if the people around you are constantly talking about a perfect one. It’s like weight, everybody around you is striving for the perfect body and they do everything to get there and they brag about it and you feel bad about yourself for not having a perfect body like them. That’s what it seems like with A1C most of the time. Although it is good to have a good A1C for health reasons, it is not always possible and it is not as easy for some as it may be for others. It does give everybody another reason to stay on top of everything, though.

Allie (age 13)
I think A1c is a good tool to use. For me, it doesn’t put any added stress on me, though I think about its outcome from time to time. It helps because it basically shows the average of blood sugars over time and can be used to help determine what you’re doing wrong.

Ian (age 13)
I feel that my A1c helps, but it is stressing. I haven’t had too bad of an A1c yet, but I feel that if it were to be bad, my parents would make it the end of the world for me.

Page (age 17)
The a1c doesn’t cause me stress really at all. The only time I’m somewhat worried about it is right before we go in to see the endo.

Skylyn (age 15)
I guess it’s a good thing to know, but I am never stressed out about making sure it’s the “perfect” number. There is no such thing as the perfect number and I have all things to worry about. I just try to keep my BG numbers out of the 200s and then my A1C is usually decent enough.

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