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Why do type 1 diabetic patients have to increase their hemoglobin a1c?

Why do type 1 diabetic patients have to increase their hemoglobin a1c?

A1c a control marker: A1c is a long term marker for glucose levels in the body. It will go up to higher levels when the blood sugar levels are above recomended levels and declines when you keep your sugars in a healthy range. Since the sugar level can go up or down dramaticly over less than hour, A1c is a better overall gage of long term control than your test diary (& you can't fudge the value). ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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Could eating more carbohydrates increase a hemoglobin A1c test in a non-diabetic?

Could eating more carbohydrates increase a hemoglobin A1c test in a non-diabetic?

Probably not...: Your body has an incredible ability to regulate blood sugar levels and when this ability is intact, excess carbs will be converted and stored as fat, thus should not raise your a1c. Once the ability is diseased, the excess carbs/sugar stay as sugar, thus higher blood sugar in diabetic, and will raise your a1c over time. Moderation is key. Live a well-balance life. Live long. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin A1c = 5.7%, am I diabetic?

Probably not: This is below the threshold of diabetes, but it is only one test for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, do I have diabetes, how to know?

Hemoglobin A1c 6.0, do I have diabetes, how to know?

Diabetes: This a1c is not high enough to label you as being diabetic ( would have to be 6.5 or greater). The best way to see if some has diabetes is to do a 2hr glucose tolerance test. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin a1c 5.7. No diabetes anywhere in my family and I weigh 108 lbs and I'm 29. I don't eat much sugar at all. Is this still a concern?

Hemoglobin a1c 5.7. No diabetes anywhere in my family and I weigh 108 lbs and I'm 29. I don't eat much sugar at all. Is this still a concern?

Exercise: Your A1c is normal, albeit at the high end of normal. You can improve your insulin sensitivity by exercise, even though you are not overweight. Aerobic exercise, any exercise, will help. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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My fasting blood sugar is 93 & 2hrs.p.p is 94 & hemoglobin A1c is 5.6 . Do I have diabetes?

My fasting blood sugar is 93 & 2hrs.p.p is 94 & hemoglobin A1c is 5.6 . Do I have diabetes?

No: If fasting for at least 8 hours fasting sugar 100-125 is pre-diabetes and 2-hrs after eating 140-199 is prediabetes. Fasting -126 and higher and 2 hours after eating= 200 and greater is diabetes can get home blood glucose testing equipment over the counter in pharmacies. then see MD if any of above apply ...Read more

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My hemoglobin A1c was 11.1 on 2/07. Can that be lowered by losing weight and changing my eating habits? Can you get rid of diabetes?

My hemoglobin A1c was 11.1 on 2/07. Can that be lowered by losing weight and changing my eating habits? Can you get rid of diabetes?

Hb of 11.1: A hb a1c means you have a mean glucose of 272. That means it is much higher after meals. I am all for weight loss and exercise. I am also of the opinion that you need to see a endocrinologist and start some medication to get your hb a1c < 7. That should be your first priority. You probably cannot get rid of your diabetes. ...Read more

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Diabetes and hemoglobin a1c: what is the relation?

Diabetes and hemoglobin a1c: what is the relation?

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. Technically, it's the percentage of red blood cells that have glucose attached to them. ...Read more

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Is a hemoglobin A1c test a conclusive test for diabetes?

Is a hemoglobin A1c test a conclusive test for diabetes?

If elevated, >6.5...: It equals diabetes but people can have nml (up to 5.6), or prediabetic range hga1c (5.7-6.4) and still have diabetes by blood sugar criteria; fasting 126 or >; 2 hour after eating =/>200. ...Read more

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72 yr old male, with diabetes and hbp... Kidney funct. Normal, elev. Microalbumin and microalb. Creatinine, high hemoglobin a1c. Do I have kidney dis?

72 yr old male, with diabetes and hbp... Kidney funct. Normal, elev. Microalbumin and microalb. Creatinine, high hemoglobin a1c. Do I have kidney dis?

Yes: By definition, if your creatinine is elevated, you have kidney disease. When we calculate your kidney fucntion, we take into consideration your weight and age. An elevated hb a1c suggests poor blood sugar control. Although it is not directly related to kidney function poor glycemic control, a persistently elevated a1c may contribute to a decline in renal function. Please talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Fasting glucose=91 & 89 on 2 diff blood test, 2nd time tested insulin 3 hemoglobin A1c 5.4 I am constantly craving sugar, often become shaky & lightheaded, i'm 123 lbs 5'9" am i at risk for diabetes?

Fasting glucose=91 & 89 on 2 diff blood test, 2nd time tested insulin 3 hemoglobin A1c 5.4 I am constantly craving sugar, often become shaky & lightheaded, i'm 123 lbs 5'9" am i at risk for diabetes?

Adrenals: Shaking is low sugar your sugar runs slightly above 100 per hba1c 5.0 =100. So you need to bring down stress via supporting adrenals which can be helped via 5 factors - magnesium, b vitamins, water 1/2 of body weight in oz per day, sleep at least 6-8 hours at night, adaptogen like herbs like adhs (vasopressin) from biotics. Take adhs (vasopressin) 2 pills in morning recheck hba1c in 1 month to show progress. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin A1C= 51%.Should I be concerned about getting pre-diabetic soon?Trying to conceive and have hashimoto's thyroiditis with TSH 2.6, TPO Abs 17

Nl A1C and thyroid: I am assuming that your A1C is 5.1%, not 51% as normal is 5.8%. Your range is perfectly normal with no concern for pre diabetes. All pregnant women are checked for gestational DM midway through the pregnancy. Your thyroid levels look good. Let your Dr know when you conceive so he/she can check your levels then and frequently during the pregnancy. ...Read more