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What does Hba1c count indicate? Is it fluctuation or variation in max n min sugar lvls, or is it the average sugar lvls in last 3 months

What does Hba1c count indicate? Is it fluctuation or variation in max n min sugar lvls, or is it the average sugar lvls in last 3 months

Average: A1c level reflects the average blood sugar levels over the previous three to four months. You may consult this site for more information: https://medlineplus. Gov/ency/article/003640.htm ...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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What does hba1c on a blood test mean?

What does hba1c on a blood test mean?

Average glucose: Hb A1c reflects the average blood glucose level over the previous 3-4 months. It is usually used to monitor glucose control in diabetes. It is also beginning to be used for diagnosis of diabetes. ...Read more

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What does hba1c mean with regards to blood sugar results?

What does hba1c mean with regards to blood sugar results?

Glucose control: Hbga1c is a good measure of how well your glucose is controlled. In a diabetic it is an indicator of how well treatment is keeping glucose under control on average. It can also be used to detect diabetic or pre-diabetic patients in conjunction with glucose screening or tolerance tests. ...Read more

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What condition is DM? Also, what is HbA1C & meds G1P-1 Analogue? Dr. here mentioned it...confused me a lot.

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What condition is DM? Also, what is HbA1C & meds G1P-1 Analogue? Dr. here mentioned it...confused me a lot.

Wow That's A Lot: DM=Diabetes Mellitus, with your high BP/age it is likely Type 2 DM, which is a cond in which the body can not use sugar properly. As a result you get high sugars which can damage the body. HbA1c or A1c=hemoglobin A1c in older terms=A way of estimating your blood sugar for approx. The last 3 mths if we were taking it every sec. GLP-1 agonist=DM med, helps body use own insulin better to lower sugar ...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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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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What does an hba1c test result of borderline low range (4.5) mean?

Good for you: The ranges are set to include most but not all healthy folks. I would not be at all concerned -- in fact, as a lab physician / pathologist, i'd urge you simply to ignore any lab that's not clearly out of kilter unless there's a specific reason for concern. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic. I wan to get pregnant. What's the perfect hba1c before conception?

I'm diabetic. I wan to get pregnant. What's the perfect hba1c before conception?

As close: To normal, or even below normal, as possible without hypoglycemia. Make sure your glucose is well controlled before you become pregnant and then work closely with your diabetes team to insure tight glucose control throughout pregnancy to insure a successful outcome. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic. I'm planning for pregnancy. What is perfect hba1c shoud I have before conception. I had insulin pumb?

As low as possible: Hba1c < 7 would be great! This is often difficult to attain but is very important when it comes to healthy pregnancies especially in the setting of diabetes. ...Read more

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One episode of hypoglycemia in a diabetic pt after improper diet. Renal function is normal she was on metformin+glimipride. What to do? Hba1c is 7.2

One episode of hypoglycemia in a diabetic pt after improper diet. Renal function is normal she was on metformin+glimipride. What to do? Hba1c is 7.2

Diet: Modification is important in diabetics. No concentrated sweets to avoid rises in bs. Also I tell people eat 6-8 small meals a day, to avoid rises and valleys and avoid hypoglycemia. The medicines work even when sugar is low, it is up to us to prevent the drop. There are medicines that work mainly when bs is high only but are weaker. Discuss diet with doctor and nutritionist. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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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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What is a normalh hba1c test in a person that is not diabetic?

What is a normalh hba1c test in a person that is not diabetic?

HbA1c: It depends on lab normals. Mostly less than 6 percent. Now many define less than 5.7 percent as completely normal. ...Read more

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What does a normal hba1c result for a diabetic (i.E. 5-7) mean?

Good control: The goal is an a1c of less than 7 and that correlates to a 90 day average blood sugar of 150 or less. Recent studies indicated that an a1c of 6 was not better than 7 for preventing complications of diabetes but was associated with increased episodes of low blood sugar which can be dangerous. ...Read more

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What range does an hba1c have to be in to indicate hypoglycemia in a non diabetic?

What range does an hba1c have to be in to indicate hypoglycemia in a non diabetic?

Wrong Test!: Hba1c reflects average sugars for a 3 months period. Virtually no one spends 3 months with a low blood sugar; rather they have episodes where their blood sugar drops low for up to 20-30 minutes at a time. These dips would not cause the average sugar level to drop low enough to be different than a normal hba1c. As dr lewy-weiss, advised, blood tests during the spells are needed. ...Read more

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My sgpt result is 140 my creatine is 58....what doea it mean my hba1c is 5.7?

Multiple see below.: SGPT is elevated for many reasons. I would reccomend that you make an appointment with a primary care Physician to further evalauate.

"creatine is 58" I have never seen a value this high. Perhaps 0.58?

Hba1c is 5.7-- this is withing the normal range for the lab value. Between 5.7 and 6.0 is considered pre-diabetic and yearly monitoring should be considered. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hba1c and serum glucose?

What is the difference between hba1c and serum glucose?

A1c is average: The hemoglobin a1c is an average of your glucose over the prior 3 months or so. There are tables online that let you convert the % of glycosylated hemoglobin to what your avg glucose has been. ...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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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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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?

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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Can exercise affect hba1c levels?

Yes: It will help to control sugar levels, and help lower levels. ...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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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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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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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?

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