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What is hemoglobin a1c?

What is hemoglobin a1c?

Average blood sugar: Hemoglobin A1c is a measure of the percentage of red blood cells permanently bound to glucose. Normally about 5% of our red cells are glycosolated. If you have greater than 6.5% you are diabetic. It is not affected by fasting, and since our rbc's live 90-120 days, it reflects an average over that time. ...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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Looking for hemoglobin A1c advice?

Looking for hemoglobin A1c advice?

Hemoglobin A1C: This is a rough estimate of average blood sugar control over a three month period, more accurate than a single fasting blood glucose (sugar) level. In many tests, greater than 5.9 is considered abnormal, but you should discuss risk factors and prevention of diabetes with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's a hemoglobin A1c level for?

What's a hemoglobin A1c level for?

Average glucose: The hba1c reflects that average blood glucose over the preceding three months. ...Read more

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Do you fast for a hemoglobin A1c test?

Do you fast for a hemoglobin A1c test?

Short answer: The test measures indirectly measures glucose control over the preceding 6-8 weeks. It does not measure sugar directly; therefore I would believe it not to be necessary to fast prior to the test. However, the best way to answer this question is to call the lab where you go to have the blood drawn and ask them directly whether you need to fast for the test. ...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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What can cause a high hemoglobin A1c test?

What can cause a high hemoglobin A1c test?

Poor sugar control: Hemoglobin A1c measures average blood sugar over approximately the past 3 months. It is the measure of how much hemoglobin is attached to sugar molecules in the blood. Sugar in your blood binds to the hemoglobin of the red blood cell and stays there throughout the cell's lifetime (120 days). At high levels of blood sugar, more reacts w/ the hemoglobin, causing an elevated hemoglobin a1c. ...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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Do you have to fast for hemoglobin A1c test?

Do you have to fast for hemoglobin A1c test?

No: For hba1c alone, no fasting is required, but it is often done with other tests, like cholesterol or blood sugar, for which fasting is indicated. ...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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Is it possible to lower my hemoglobin A1c in a week?

No: It measures the average glucose over several weeks (more than 4) by the sugar pattern on the HGB molecule. You can not shift that in short order. ...Read more

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What's a normal result for the hemoglobin A1c test?

4 to 6: The normal range varies from lab to lab but is generally between about 4 and 6 percent. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin and hemoglobin a1c, what's the difference?

Anemia vs diabetes: A hemoglobin is measured to screen someone for anemia. A hemoglobin a1c is measured to screen for diabetes or to evaluate a person known to have diabetes. They are quite different, though certain disorders of hemoglobin type can also alter how one should interpret an a1c value. ...Read more

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How long do you have to fast for a hemoglobin A1c test?

Hgb A-1-c: Does not require fasting. It reflects blood sugar control over time. The fast is usually for the blood sugar or lipid profiles drawn at the same time. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin A1C (30 mmol/mol) indicates?

Nothing: It's good. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy people fall outside on either end. The HgbA1c is a bit different, with the high end being a decision level for diabetes care. Low is not a problem. ...Read more

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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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Is there any pain involved in testing for hemoglobin a1c?

A needle poke: It's a lab draw so you will get a needle poke, which sometimes can be a pain and sometimes painful depending on your vein size, location.... ...Read more

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What does a hemoglobin A1c test level of 7.79 indicate?

What does a hemoglobin A1c test level of 7.79 indicate?

Elevated blood sugar: The A1C determines your blood sugar level for past 3 months. On the lab I am familiar with above 6 is abnormal. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my hemoglobin A1c was 7.4, should I be worried about my license?

License: You should be must more concerned with controlling your diabetes than worrying about your license for now. I think it is OK to drive your car but not drive a bus or truck. Work hard on getting your diabetes under control. Go on-line and look up NuVal. It will help you develop better eating habits. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, could I have diabetes?

Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, could I have diabetes?

= prediabetes: With 10% / year risk of developing overt diabetes if left untreated. ...Read more

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What is a normal beta hemoglobin A1c level?

<6.0: You sould be having this checked at kleast every three to six months and it should always be less than 6.0. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin A1c = 5.7%, am I diabetic?

Probably not: This is below the threshold of diabetes, but it is only one test for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diabetes and hemoglobin a1c: what is the relation?

Diabetes and hemoglobin a1c: what is the relation?

Diabetic measure.: The HgbA1C is a measure reflective of your degree of diabetic control in the long term. It essentially represents a three month average of your fingersticks, as if you took a fingerstick every minute, night and day, eating and fasting, for three months straight and then averaged them all. Technically, it's the percentage of red blood cells that have glucose attached to them. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, do I have diabetes, how to know?

Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, do I have diabetes, how to know?

Diabetes: This a1c is not high enough to label you as being diabetic (would have to be 6.5 or greater). The best way to see if some has diabetes is to do a 2hr glucose tolerance test. ...Read more

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How precise is hemoglobin A1c with indicating hypoglycemia?

Not good at all: Hgb a1c should not be used to assess for hypoglycemic episodes or trends. It indicates only average blood sugars over months, and if there is concern or symptoms of hypoglycemia, then fingerstick blood sugar levels should be checked. Do some random ones, especially at night, and after high demand glucose things like exercise. Also check if having any symptoms - don't drive if you are low! ...Read more

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What is hemoglobin A1c and why is it so important in pregnancyy?

Blood sugar average: The hba1c gives us a rough estimate of how your blood sugars are over the prior three months. High blood sugars during pregnancy can lead to complications for both mother and baby. ...Read more