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How effective is an A1c test in determining hypoglycemia

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Ineffective: Hemoglobin A1c level has been utilized to monitor how well hyperglycemia (as in diabetics) has been controlled.
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Pathology 33 years experience
Not very: A hba1c test is used to determine how well high glucose levels (hyperglycemia) have been controlled over the last few months. It is not a test that i... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Poor: Hba1c is fair at detecting chronically high bgs, but very poor at detecting low bgs. Fortunately, true low bgs are very rare and almost never sustaine... Read More
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Not good at all.....: Hgba1c is a spontaneously formed adduct of HGB generated by nucleophilic attack of the n-terminal nh2 of beta globin on the anomeric carbon of glucose... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Obese, lab normal: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a na... Read More
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Needs evaluation: The hba1c is mildly high and could indicate pre-diabetes. You need a fasting glucose and lipid profile to see more. The cortisol level appears high,... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Michel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Borderline sugar: A hemoglobin a1c of 5.9 indicates borderline high blood sugar. Normal is <5.7, and over 6.5 is diabetes.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Normal: Normal a1c is 4, 2 to 5.6.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not good at all: Hgb a1c should not be used to assess for hypoglycemic episodes or trends. It indicates only average blood sugars over months, and if there is concern ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
You don't: Have hypoglycemia after meals, as it's not a disease and doesn't exist in the absense of diabetes medication, cancer, end-stage liver or kidney diseas... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Yes: Can check finger stick sugar at home with monitors sold in pharmacies.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Less than 6.0: This is a test of the chronic level of blood sugar and is useful to monitor the effectiveness of diabetic treatment. You should, if you are a diabeti... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: An Aic level of 7.2 means that you are diabetic. Have you been on treatment for diabetes? If you were extremely compliant with the treatment, it is po... Read More

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