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Foods To Lower A1c Levels
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
Is there any issue if my A1C test registered at 4.5? I see the range starts at 4.8, and didn't know if a lower level than that is bad.
It's fine: You're good. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more
Not the key: Despite all the "pop" advice you read online, food choice is far less help for this (and for most else) than simply getting yourself out for your favorite form of exercise and working a sweat for an hour a day or more. This would be a wonderful gift for yourself and those who love you. ...Read more
31 yr old. Pre-diabetic. I have a A1c level of 5.7. I'm not over weight but should I take high measures to lower it right away? Thanks
Check out this link.: Best wishes! Http://ndep. Nih. Gov/publications/publicationdetail. Aspx? Pubid=72. ...Read more
Normal for White Blood Count to decrease as we age? Last 3 yrs 5.7, 4.8, 4.2. Glucose 106, A1C 5.7. All other levels normal.
This is fine: It fluctuates wildly. A cold shower can increase it by several thoysand ...Read more
Have any of you great dr.'s heard that protandim (suppl) can lower glucose or even a A1c levels? What's in it. Can I take nician with tricor (fenofibrate)?
Sarcastic?: So, you think we're "great doctors? " hmmm. Protandim is a mix of 5 herbal ingredients. There's a very nice monograph on wikipedia: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/protandim I can't comment on its safety and am certain, since it's not fda regulated, that there are no controlled trials. You can take Niacin with tricor (fenofibrate). Niacin can adversely affect glucose control/hgba1c. Good luck. ...Read more
A1c 5.2, CPeptide 1.5, Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL, Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose 87.16. Fasting was 79. Was told to start Metformin...why? Do these numbers mean I am diabetic? Afraid to eat certain foods now.
Diet, exercise, supps:
With effort can lower a lot!
1. Diet- low starch/low glycemic: http://www. Diabetes-book. Com/read-online-diabetes-solution/
Dr. Gabriel Cousens has found a raw vegan diet often normalizes HbA1c: http://tinyurl. Com/yzamemc
2. Exercise: regular walking. Biking, swimming etc.
3. Supplements: http://tinyurl. Com/qekmre3 &
For a great overview see http://tinyurl. Com/od6dluj ...Read more
It Depends: The A1c is essentially a way to measure your average blood sugar (as if you are taking it all the time) for the past 2-3 mths. There are ways to convert it to a sugar estimate which may be better to understand. If the A1c is in the nl or high nl range, it is mostly about lifestyle with exercise & a diet low in simple carbs. Based on Fam & risks maybe meds. If high or shows DM same & prob meds. ...Read more
A1c of 5.8 is in the pre-diabetic range. You can lower it by reducing your carbohydrate intake and engaging in vigorous exercise for 30 minutes/day. It would particularly important to lose 5-10% of your weight. It would be prudent to consult an endocrinologist for proper management. See this site for info.
http://diabetes.webmd. Com/guide/glycated-hemoglobin-test-hba1c. ...Read more
My A1c is 6.5. How much lower should I aim at? At what A1c number should I feel good about my work?
6.5% or safe value: Studies looking at cardiovascular dz & mortality have shown that aiming for an A1c of 6 did not do better than aiming for 7. However, these studies focused on CV dz & death. They did not look well at other comps like retinopathy, nephropathy, foot ulcers or quality of life! comps can be seen in some people with A1c's as low as 6. 6.5% or as close to nl without low sugars is a great goal! Good job! ...Read more
August a1c was 7. Have lost 20 lbs and dropped a1c to 6.4 All readings thru day normal. Only fbg remains challenge at 7ish. Will it lower with loss?
Probably: It's hard to say for sure without more info. The 20 lb wt loss & A1c of 6.4% are great! If you are still overweight losing more weight will likely help bring down the A1c & may start to lower the morning sugars, this can be hardest. It depends on how well your pancreas is working & your body uses insulin. Exercise (even gentle)will help you build muscle, use insulin easier, & control sugar better! ...Read more
Very Good: Diabetics are considered controlled by the ada at 7% or below. I like to keep my patients at 6.5% or below. ...Read more
Yes: The goal for diabetic patients is an A1c of 7% or less. Agreed. ...Read more