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How To Lower Hemoglobin A1c
Elevated TC.: Need understanding of your cholesterol subtypes. Total cholesterol (TC) = LDL + HDL +TRIG/5. To get TC that high generally requires very high TRIG. This may need to be treated to lower below 1000 range. But LDL is primary target of therapy. LDL may or may not need treatment based upon your other risks for coronary disease. Medication is in your future but angioplasty is not. ...Read more
Find the cause: Ignore all pop advice on liver disease. Your physician may repeat these off all meds and alcohol, or proceed directly to screening for hepatitis B and C, hemochromatosis, Wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis and a few other things that will kill you if missed but are treatable. This may simply be your liver's way of asking for more exercise. Best wishes. ...Read more
Nutrition & exercise: Same old story. Proper nutrition eg mediterranean diet, plus regular physical activity is best to improve overall health, lower all-cause mortality, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, possibly even parkinson's disease & alzheimer's dementia. Also dash diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) is an excellent way to lower bp. Check out http://health.Usnews.Com/best-diet for more info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you drink?: Alcoholic intake is a common cause or elevated liver enzymes. You may wish to stop taking alcohol entirely and repeat the tests in 3 months. You may also wish to be tested for hepatitis. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that, as there are other causes of elevation of liver enzymes. ...Read more
Depending: On the cause about 1-2 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Which treatment?: Medication can work immediately, though if starting very high like 170 we have to bring it down gradually. Diet (avoiding salt and sweets) works within 1-2 weeks. Other lifestyle changes (regular exercise, weight loss, stress management) take a longer but are worth it because they are so healthy and reduce the need for medication. ...Read more
Cholesterol: Many approaches: avoid saturated fats & foods w/ much cholesterol; eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (good fats) &/or take fish oil supplements. Get rx for "statin" from pcp or other cholesterol-lowering medication. Increase fiber in diet to absorb cholesterol & prevent its being absorbed by body. Exercise to raise good chol (which helps lower bad). Eat fruits & veggies. ...Read more
How long does it take for the blood level to return to normal after blood transfusion due to 500 ml blood loss?
When txfsn done: The BP should improve during transfusion if no other "issue" at play, so by shortly after completion of unit, should see at least some improvment. If not, ask dr what else is / may be going on. ...Read more
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