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How Can I Lower My Hemoglobin A1c Levels
Care for kidneys: Today's "normal" creatinine / egfr levels for men often fail to take a well-muscled man's normals into account; if you're 1.6 or below (or even a bit higher if you're really strong), i wouldn't worry. If you're higher, limit salt intake, protein intake if your physician thinks helpful, control your atherosclerosis risk, stay fit to stave off any tendency to diabetes. Good luck. ...Read more
?: Can you safely get your waist size to be half your height in a week? One week is impossible. First of all, no significant changes are seen for 3-4 mos at a time. No sense in checking it sooner. Secondly, please learn about your condition. Seems you really don't know what u r dealing with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of water: If high cr is due to intrinsic kidney disease, there is no way to realistically change it and no benefit to trying. Creatinine is not the problem, the broken kidney is the problem. If you lose a lot of muscle mass your creatinine will drop and you may drink a lot of water but these do not fix the kidney. ...Read more
You don't want to: Rdw means reed blood cell distribution width is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. Usually rbcs are a standard size of about 6-8 ?m. Certain disorders, however, cause a significant variation in cell size. Certain disorders, like iron or vit B12 deficiency- cause a significant variation in cell size- thus will increase rdw. It is used to differentiate the cause of anemia. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Do you drink alcohol? If you do, stop for three months and re do the test. Are you on any medications? If yes, please check with your doctor to see if a medication may be related to the lab results. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more
High Triglycerides: Can be a genetic issue passed down from either (or both) parents. If that is the case, sometimes even the strictest low carb, low sugar diet doesn't even help. 4 grams of flaxseed oil ; fish oil can help "naturally". Ask your doc to test your apo e genotype (lets you know how your body processes fats and what risk strata you are in.) check into advanced lipid testing from health diagnostic labs! ...Read more
Anxiety: Depends on the severity of the anxiety mild forms can be easily addressed with therpay at times meds are needed to control anxiety .Eating healthy , sleeping well and avoiding extreme responses to stress does help.Get a consultation with psychiatrist for better assesment to proceed with appropriate treatmnet in time.Living with disabling anxiety is not fun get help and be happy good luck. ...Read more
Eat less red meat: You can decrease the risk of gout from elevated uric acid by reducing the amount of red meat, seafood, beer, hard alcohol, and foods and drinks with high-fructose corn syrup in your diet. Low-fat dairy products and foods with complex carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice, oats) also help. If you develop gout, additional medication may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
depends on cause : For most causes of elevated bilirubin it is not reasonable to expect it to be lowered in two weeks. Some causes are actually genetic and will always be high not matter what is done. It is best to speak with provider to see if there is any suspected serious cause. Goal is to determine and treat underlying problem if present which will lower the bilirubin over time. ...Read more
Niacin: Niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin b3) is the cheapest, safest, most effective lipid lowering substance there is. Niacin lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides, and ldl, and raises HDL ("good" cholesterol)--thus optimizing the lipid profile. The usual dose to achieve this effect is 1, 500-2, 000 mg per day. A non-flushing version of Niacin is inositol hexanicotinate (ihn). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I. Have diabetes and got numbers checked and my A1c level was 9.0 what foods can I eat to help me lower this?
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
BG control: Hba1c % is almost always elevated because of higher-than-normal average blood sugars, usually in diabetes or prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose, glucose intolerance). Lowering bgs through diet, exercise, or medication should lower hba1c. However, hba1c can be transiently, falsely elevated, so it should be confirmed by repetition and supporting tests, e.g. Fasting bg before any therapy starts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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