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Can you tell me about fasting insulin and hga1c normal?

Can you tell me about fasting insulin and hga1c normal?

See below: Testing for Insulin is not a usual issue for diagnosing diabetes. Fasting plasma glucose and Hemoglobin A1c are more common tests. Normal fasting glucose should be less than 100 and Hb Aic less than 5.7. See this site for more info. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/A1CTest/ ...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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Fasting gluc & HgA1C are borderline (high normal). But my 2 hour post prandial levels are great (always under 120). Which test is most significant?

Fasting gluc & HgA1C are borderline (high normal).  But my 2 hour post prandial levels are great (always under 120).  Which test is most significant?

Tests: JimM628 ~ both are. You have mild or pre-diabetes depending on specific blood levels in tests. You MUST lose weight if you are over weight. ADD in some exercise but get stress ECG first. You MUST get and adhere to a diabetes diet. You MUST see a doctor and have this important first stage managed competently. thanks ...Read more

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I'm diabetic.Hga1c is 10.6, fasting glucose 220 what are the best suitable medications?

I'm diabetic.Hga1c is 10.6, fasting glucose 220 what are the best suitable medications?

Depends: On how much metformin you are on now, if you can do Insulin injections, and which other oral agents would be appropriate for you. Need consult with diabetologist (type of endocrinologist) for management plan and rx-s. ...Read more

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My HGA1C is 6. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes. I am 10.5 was pregnant. Any advice of what to do to lower it? I work out daily 60mins.

My HGA1C is 6. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes. I am 10.5 was pregnant. Any advice of what to do to lower it? I work out daily 60mins.

Please clarify: Hi. What does "I am 10.5 was pregnant" mean? I get no useful information from that statement. An A1c of 6.0% is in the "prediabetes" range. Healthy diet and exercise FOR LIFE is key; you're already doing the exercise - stay with it. Are you overweight/obese? If so, weight loss is helpful, although difficult without medications or surgery (ask any yo-yo dieter). Good luck! ...Read more

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What is A1c (also called hemoglobin a1c, hga1c, glycated hemoglobin)?

What is A1c (also called hemoglobin a1c, hga1c, glycated hemoglobin)?

Diabetes test.: Hga1c is one of the main tests to indicate whether a person's diabetes is under good control or not. Hemoglobin is contained in red blood cells, which stay in the bloodstream for 3-4 months. Glucose can be chemically attached to hemoglobin based upon the concentration of glucose in the blood. So, hga1c measures how much glucose has been in the blood for the last three months. ...Read more

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I have uncontrolled dm2 (hga1c is 8.0) but no kidney abnormality seen on bloodworkup nor do I have any htn. Do I still need to take acei for kidneys?

I have uncontrolled dm2 (hga1c is 8.0) but no kidney abnormality seen on bloodworkup nor do I have any htn.  Do I still need to take acei for kidneys?

Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes is a silent killer and causes kidney problems. You need to request your pcp to order urine microalbumin to check for early stages of kidney problems. Irrespective of blood work acei/arb are shown to cause modulation in glomerular pressure(inside kidney) and help with renal protection.Goal in diabetic patients is <130/80. If there is protein goal is <120/70. ...Read more

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I am 10 weeks pregnant. hGA1c was 6. I exercise 60 mins daily. What can I do to lower it? Should I be concerned? I have never been diagnosis with diabetes

I am 10 weeks pregnant. hGA1c was 6. I exercise 60 mins daily. What can I do to lower it? Should I be concerned? I have never been diagnosis with diabetes

Normally the: primary treatment would be weight loss, but you don't want to do that during a pregnancy. Some doctors will consider metformin, others won't. Check with yours and make sure you get your gtt. ...Read more

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High normal fasting gluc and HgA1c. Normal 2 hour post prandial readings. Can fatty liver be causing my "pre-diabetic" state?

High normal fasting gluc and HgA1c.  Normal 2 hour post prandial readings.  Can fatty liver be causing my "pre-diabetic" state?

Pre-diabetic?: Your lab values does not suggest pre-diabetes but pre-diabetic state can cause fatty liver not the other way around. Decrease your carbohydrate intake and eat low fat diet to decrease the risk starting today. It also will help you to decrease the risk of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Contact me if you have further questions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I accidentally received 1000 units of lantus (insulin glargine) insulin IV 9 mo ago. After years of stability, my hga1c has elevated to 7.9, lipids gone high. Related?

I accidentally received 1000 units of lantus (insulin glargine) insulin IV 9 mo ago.  After years of stability, my hga1c has elevated to 7.9, lipids gone high.  Related?

Unrelated : You have diabetes and control has deteriorated as lipids are worse and hba1c is worse. The unfortunate mistake which took place 9 months ago has no bearing on now. Please discuss your diabetes control with your doctor because you need an adjustment in medication and possibly lifestyle changes of not already instated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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% ...Read more

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