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How To Lower Hemoglobin A1c
Blood glucose: By achieving better control of your blood glucose.
Diabetes: As a diabetic, your a1c reflects the control of your sugar levels over the long term. Weight management, low carb diet, regular aerobic exercise are all lifestyle issues which help control sugar. Medications to control your diabetes will also assist in reaching the ideal a1c.See 1 more doctor answer
Is hemoglobin A1c of 5.5 of concern? Doc says I should be between 4.0-4.9. I eat healthy (no refined sugar/carbs) heard cinnamon can lower it?
Best idea: Forget cinnamon and any other magic food. Eat sensibly. Your health will be greatly improved by getting back to some intense physical conditioning like when you were a teen. Go for it.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
4 to 6: The normal range varies from lab to lab but is generally between about 4 and 6 percent.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes. Good.: An A1C less than 5.5 suggests "not diabetic".See 1 more doctor answer
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