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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.

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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 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.

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Is it possible to lower my hemoglobin A1c in a week?

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.

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What is the best way to lower the hemoglobin A1c factor in type 2 diabetics?

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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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