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Is a 6.3 A1c borderline for diabetes?

Is a 6.3 A1c borderline for diabetes?

5.7-6.4: Is pre-diabetes or an opportunity to change and prevent diabetes. What can you do? Eat smart: good portions, whole grains, fruits & veggies. Get moving 60 minutes every day. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can an A1c test tell if I have diabetes?

Can an A1c test tell if I have diabetes?

A1c: Before you pay for an A1c test have your doctor check your blood sugar. If the value is high an A1c is in order. ...Read more

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What's a normal score on the A1c diabetes test?

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. ...Read more

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If your A1c level is 6.7% what type of diabetes does that make you?

If your A1c level is 6.7% what type of diabetes does that make you?

Depends: Hbaic of 6.7% is mildly elevated duggesting diabetics. It can happen in all types of diabetics. Though based upon your age, obesity it is likely type 11. ...Read more

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My a1c 4 months ago was 5.8. What's the chances of it turning into diabetes now?

My a1c  4 months ago was 5.8. What's the chances  of it turning into diabetes now?

See below: Your A1c is just above the normal range into the pre-diabetic range. You have a 60% chance of avoiding diabetes by losing about 10% body weight and exercising at least 150 minutes/week. Losing weight or exercising is not easy, but having diabetes is worse. You may consult this site for info and talk to your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-prevention/art-20047639 ...Read more

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I. Have diabetes and got numbers checked and my A1c level was 9.0 what foods can I eat to help me lower this?

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 more

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If I had a normal A1c of 5.4 in July 2016, and you didn't take care of yourself can 6 months later can it develop to diabetes now.

If I had a normal A1c of 5.4 in July 2016, and you didn't 
take care of yourself can 6 months later can  it develop to diabetes now.

Diabetes.: There's a genetic predisposition to diabetes which can be more easily uncovered if one doesn't care for oneself as far as diet, exercise and weight management. But type 2 diabetes does take time to manifest, so six months may not be enough time to go from normal to full-on diabetes. That being said, diet, exercise and weight management are always important, diabetes or not. ...Read more

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Will I be on diabetes med forever? My recent A1c is 6.5. Any advise to help me get off med is appreciated.

Will I be on diabetes med forever? My recent A1c is 6.5. Any advise to help me get off med is appreciated.

Lifestyle: Assuming you are asking about type 2 diabetes, anything you can do to reduce your Insulin requirement may allow you to make enough Insulin without the help of meds. Changes might include: eating fewer carbs, eating less overall to lose wt, exercising more to lose wt, and building muscle to increase Insulin sensitivity. Good luck! note: if you have type 1 dm, only Insulin will treat it. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1c (Definition)

It helps determine the average blood sugar over a long period of time, about 2 or ...Read more