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How bad is it to have an A1C of 17

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
16 years experience Neurology
Not ideal: An A1c of 6.7 correlates with an average blood glucose of about 161, which is higher than the target level. That being said, A1c is only one measure; ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Borderline: High.You are close to a diagnosis of diabetes.Diet/exercise, nlweight for your height and recheck in 3-6 months.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It's fine: You're good. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: What you described in not excessive intake of sugar. Keep a healthy weight and exercise at least 150 minutes a week and gradually increase the rigor o ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Sort of: We'd like it 5.6% or below. Maybe you can really hit the physical fitness / aerobic exercise circuit (strength training is good too) and keep your ten ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
UnlikelyValue, Check: Optimal for health is HbA1c <5.0%; have never seen 4.3% even in slender young very athletic women, unlikely valid. Recheck & even more importan ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
A1c above normal: Hi. That A1c is above normal. A1c is a pretty insensitive way to diagnose diabetes. You have pre-diabetes by those criteria.Healthy diet & regular ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
See PCP AND dentist : Her blood sugar levels are roughly 2x what they should be--indicating poor control of her diabetes. She needs to be seen by her pcp to get it under ch ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Treat it: A hemoglobin a1c of 11.5% means that he has poorly controlled diabetes. The LDL chol of 165 is also very high. Both of these problems increase his r ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Coutts ii
25 years experience Family Medicine
Large baby: Since you have gestational diabetes, you will need to be follwed more intensely throughout your pregnancy. The diabetes can cause the baby to grow too ... Read More

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