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Old 09-05-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Question about A1c level


I am non-diabetic and have a question about the A1c test. I recently had it done for the first time and my level was 5.5 (fasting). The report I received says that it should be 5.6 or less. I am concerned about being this close to the upper end of the "normal" range. Anyone have more knowledge about this test and what a "good" score is? Is 5.5 cause for concern or lifestyle change?

My fasting glucose from the same blood draw was 101, which I understand to barely be in the pre-diabetic range. I have a meter that I test occasionally at home, and my reading is usually in the high 80s or low 90s.

Any tips for lowering glucose naturally? I am not overweight and already eat healthy (no soda, limit refined sugars, etc.). I do need to exercise more. Does exercise make a significant impact on lowering glucose?

Thank you for your time.

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Old 09-06-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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Re: Question about A1c level

The a1c test can be translated into an overall average glucose level for the last 3 months (most accurate for the last 6 weeks). Your a1c converts to an average glucose of 112. This test measures the hemoglobin that has sugar stuck to it. What are your levels 2 hours after a meal? Often this number is out of whack before the fasting is.

You talk about your fasting being "barely in the pre-diabetes range". Your a1c is at the same point. Not quite pre-d, but close. You could try cutting back on carbs in general a bit and testing after meals to see how you are doing (should be less than 140, ideally less than 120).
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Re: Question about A1c level

Thank you for the information and for taking time to reply. I have not tried the post-meal testing but will do so. I would like to do more research on the effect of exercise on lowering glucose (how much exercise is needed, how much of a lowering can be expected, etc.). If anyone has any info on exercise and lowering glucose, please let me know. Thanks!

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