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A1c Diabetes Diagnosis
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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