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blood report: glucose fasting (god/pap)- plasma 104 mg/dl hba1c (hplc)-edta 5.8 % am i diabetic? should i be on medication ? thank you.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Numbers are numbers: Numbers are numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor sees the patient's whole picture. That said, 104 and 5.8% are in the pre-diabetes range. That may mean one's pancreas does not make enough insulin and/or one's insulin does not work properly anymore. Such a person's primary care doctor can advise on how people prevent reaching the diabetes stage, for example: losing 7% of one's weight, etc.
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