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Why might I need a glycosylated hemoglobin test?

Why might I need a glycosylated hemoglobin test?

Sweetness : Aka hemoglobin a1c, is the most specific and sensitive test widely available to detect not only diabetes, but also how well or not controlled it is. There are other research level labs being looked at, a we are trying to figure out as early as possible who is pre diabetic, so we can aggressively go after your risks. Diet, exercise, are still the mainstay of treatment. Fda has not approved meds. ...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


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Why is GTT used to determine sugar issues rather than glycosylated hemoglobin test? Seems the latter would be better at predicting diabetes/low sugar.

Why is GTT used to determine sugar issues rather than glycosylated hemoglobin test? Seems the latter would be better at predicting diabetes/low sugar.

Good question: The glycosylated hemoglobin is not always diagnostic of diabetes. Certain conditions or drugs can affect the level of glycosylated hemoglobin. In those situations, glucose tolerance test would be better in diagnosing dm. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of monitoring glycosylated hemoglobin levels in diabetes?

What's the purpose of monitoring glycosylated hemoglobin levels in diabetes?

A Better average: Sugar level fluctuates significantly throughout the 24 hours--dependent on intake and activities level, thus not a reliable measure of control using random testing. Glycosylated hemoglobin (a1c) is a by product of sugar metabolism and higher sugar over time=higher a1c. A1c testing is not dependent on fasting. It is an "average" measurement, thus more reliable. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I need to know my hemoglobin a1c?

Why do I need to know my hemoglobin a1c?

Risk increase: When the hga1c as it is commonly called, becomes uncontrolled (higher than 7.0%) the rate of retinopathy increases. The duration of uncontrol and level of uncontrol both play a factor. ...Read more

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How can I lower my hemoglobin A1c levels?

How can I lower my hemoglobin A1c levels?

Improve blood sugar: The way to improve your hga1c is to improve your average blood sugar. Work to keep your fasting blood sugars near normal and watch your diet carefully so that the rise in blood sugar after a meal is not too high. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1c level is 8.4--is this safe?

Hemoglobin A1c level is 8.4--is this safe?

Diabetes.: A HgbA1C of 8.4 suggests you have diabetes which is not well controlled, and therefore you are at risk for long-term diabetic complications. It needs to be lowered, ideally below 6.5% ...Read more

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My hemoglobin A1c result was 6.1. Is this normal?

My hemoglobin A1c result was 6.1. Is this normal?

No - incr DM risk: We used to consider hemoglobin A1c (hgba1c) <6% as normal w/6-7 considered good control for diabetes. A couple of yrs ago, we relabeled <5.7 as normal w/5.7-6.4 as increase risk for diabetes while >6.4 is considered consistent w/diabetes. Talk to your family doc, change your eating habits & increase your physical activity. Then recheck in 3mo as hgba1c represents running 3mo average of blood sugar. ...Read more

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What is hemoglobin A1c and how to lower the marker?

What is hemoglobin A1c and how to lower the marker?

Diabetes: It is a marker for persistent elevated blood sugar. You nee dot see your primary care and be tested for diabetes. Diet, exercise, weight loss and if needed medications can lower HGB a1c. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hemoglobin a1c?

What is the definition or description of: hemoglobin a1c?

Average Blood Sugar: It helps determine the average blood sugar over a long period of time, about 2 or 3 months. See: http://j.Mp/wy0zmc. ...Read more

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