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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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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


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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 is hba1c measured?

Blood test: Hba1c is measured following a blood test and is used as a measure to assess whether the body is not processing blood glucose properly. Thus elevation is found in diabetes mellitis this test is used to moniter effectiveness of diabetes therapy. ...Read more

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How deos a hba1c work?

How deos a  hba1c work?

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 is a normal hba1c test?

What is a normal hba1c test?

Under 6: Most laboratories will list the normal range of hba1c as 4-5.9. If you have diabetes your doctor will probably try to get your hba1c below 6.5 - but if it can go lower that is good. ...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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How can I reduce my hba1c level?

How can I reduce my hba1c level?

BG control: Hba1c % is almost always elevated because of higher-than-normal average blood sugars, usually in diabetes or prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose, glucose intolerance). Lowering bgs through diet, exercise, or medication should lower hba1c. However, hba1c can be transiently, falsely elevated, so it should be confirmed by repetition and supporting tests, e.g. Fasting bg before any therapy starts. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for hba1c?

How do you get tested for hba1c?

Blood test: This test is done simply by taking a sample of blood and sending it to the lab. The test can be done any time of the day and without regard to food intake. ...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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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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How can I lower my hba1c levels in a week?

How can I lower my hba1c levels in a week?

?: Can you safely get your waist size to be half your height in a week? One week is impossible. First of all, no significant changes are seen for 3-4 mos at a time. No sense in checking it sooner. Secondly, please learn about your condition. Seems you really don't know what u r dealing with. ...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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Is a score of 7.2 for HBA1C considered good?

Is a score of 7.2 for HBA1C considered good?

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. Should be below 6.5 is you have diabetes and 5.5 if you don't., so 7.2 is high either way you look at it. ...Read more

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Could exercise alone be causing higher hba1c?

Could exercise alone be causing higher hba1c?

HbA1c levels: Actually, exercise should decrease hba1c levels, not cause the levels to go higher. ...Read more

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Do you have to fast the day before a hba1c test?

Do you have to fast the day before a hba1c test?

No: The hemoglobin A1c is a measure of the amount of hemoglobin that is bound to glucose (blood sugar) in red blood cells. Red blood cells live about 120 days, so the A1c gives an idea of diabetic control over 3 months. Eating on the day of the test will make no difference. Be sure, though, that no other tests, such as fasting lipid panel or fasting chemistries, have been ordered along w a1c. ...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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What is the difference between hba1a, hba1b, and hba1c?

What is the difference between hba1a, hba1b, and hba1c?

HbA1c: A hba1c test is a blood test that will show how well (or poorly) glucose control has been over the last few months. It measures a special type of hemoglobin that forms as a result of high glucose levels. There is no hba1a and/or hba1b that i'm aware of. ...Read more

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