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A 50-year-old female asked:

i. have diabetes and got numbers checked and my a1c level was 9.0 what foods can i eat to help me lower this?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jared Adams
General Practice 11 years experience
Foods to avoid: Congratulations on your decision to take action! it is more important to avoid foods with a high "glycemic index" than to eat certain foods. Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates. For example substitute low sugar oatmeal for bread at breakfast. And for the ultimate next step, any food you prepare yourself is guaranteed to be healthier than what you buy in a box. Good luck!
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
You have to see MD: If you have hb a 1 c of 9 means for the past 2 to 3 months your blood sugar is around 212 should be normal 100 or 5 to 5.5 range, you have to speak to your doctor , have to cut your food intake , complex carbohydrates , do more exercises , may modify your dose or even medications , if neglected will lead to serious complications if you put your mind to it you can do , just diet isnot enough.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
A1c = 9: Intensive lifestyle modification, not just dietary changes, but also a regular exercise program are recommended. Since this will be a lifetime commitment for you, would recommend consultation with a registered nutritionist / diabetic educator. Many hospitals and local community programs make this available to patients at no charge or for a nominal fee. Cutting your portions to half is a start.

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What is the diabetes diagnostic level of hba1c?

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great answer Dr. Yep.!
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What's a normal score on the A1c diabetes test?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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 diabetic, endea vor to get this below 7.0 and even lower if possible. The higher numbers show an increased risk of rather bad complications of diabetes.
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Is 6.2% for hba1c considered high for people that have diabetes?

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A 32-year-old female asked:

What does a high A1c level mean if you don't have diabeties?

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Dr. Robert Killian
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High Hemoglobin A1C: Means you have diabetes. If you were not diagnosed before this could be the time that you find out that you are now diabetic.

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