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Do I need to get bariatric surgery if my hba1c levels are elevated?

Do I need to get bariatric surgery if my hba1c levels are elevated?

Maybe: There are several studies out there demonstrating that bariatric surgery is more successful at treating diabetes than medications. If you are morbidly obese and have diabetes you may want to consider seeing a bariatric surgeon to see if weight loss surgery is right for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...Read more


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What is a hba1c test?

What is a hba1c test?

A measure: Of how much glucose attached to hemoglobin molecule. It reflects your avg. Blood sugar over 3 m. Normal up to 5.6 pre-diabetes 5.7-6.4 diabetes 6.5 and higher. ...Read more

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How does hba1c actually work?

Hemoglobin A1C: This is the best screening test for a pre-diabetic or diabetic situation. This test can guestimate the overall level of your blood sugars over a ninety day period (the natural life of red blood cells). It measures the amount of sugar attached to your red blood cells. If you blood sugar is too high over a prolonged period the red cells will have more sugar on them. ...Read more

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What is the normal hba1c range?

What is the normal hba1c range?

Below 5.7: Current guidelines suggest a hba1c of 6.5 or higher can be used to diagnose diabetes, and that levels of 5.7 to 6.4 can indicate "pre-diabetes". There is still some debate about whether using an A1c is the best way to look for diabetes. In general we identify and diagnose diabetes too late in our country and many times damage already exists when the diagnosis is first given. ...Read more

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My hba1c is 5.9%.is it good enough?

Borderline, so no: You have a borderline result. You're in the pre-diabetic range. Normal is up to 5.7. Pre-diabetic is 5.7 - 6.4. And diabetes is anything 6.5 or above. Go get a glucose meter and check some fingersticks. Completely NL in the AM fasting is 70-100. 101-125 is borderline, >125 is diabetes. Check out this link from the NIH: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/A1CTest/A1C_Test_DM_508.pdf ...Read more

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How is a hba1c percentile determined?

How is a hba1c percentile determined?

Directly: Hba1c is a direct measure of the % of red blood cells that are "glycated", meaning they have unusual carbohydrates stuck to them. Whatever proportion have the sugar on them, that's the %hba1c. Patients with higher average sugars stick more to their red blood cells. It's a wonderfully simple, fortunately valid, concept. ...Read more

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Way to reduce hba1c level temporarily?

Way to reduce hba1c level temporarily?

Chronic measure: The hba1c is a test indicating average blood sugars over a past 3 month time period. To temporarily change the result, acutely, one would have to bleed quite a bit and/or have a blood transfusion. Otherwise it takes lower blood sugars over time to lower the hba1c. ...Read more

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What is the hba1c and what does it measure?

Glucose metabolism: The hgba1c stands for glycosylated hemoglobin and measures the regulation of blood sugar over that past 90 days. It does not have to be drawn while fasting. It basically measures how Insulin resistant you are. Increased Insulin resistance results in an increase in blood sugar which raises glycosylated hemoglobin level.S your goal for hgba1c should be about 5.5. ...Read more

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My hba1c is 7.1. What medication shoild i follow?

Metformin: At an a1c of 7.1, the recommended drug is metformin as long as you can tolerate it and have no contraindications to it. There are many other options but this drug is considered first line agent. ...Read more

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Is there a way to quickly decrease my hba1c levels?

Is there a way to quickly decrease my hba1c levels?

Sure!: Diet, exercise, proper treatment and possibly the most effective way other than the above still remains insulin. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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