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A1C levels and PCOS

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Question A1C levels and PCOS

I have PCOS and had my A1C test done this week and it came back as 6.1 and my doc wants to put me back on Metformin. Is 6.1 that high to where I need to go back on it? Just curious Thanks

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Re: A1C levels and PCOS

I just had blood work done and my A1C level is 12.1. I have to go back to doctor tomorrow to discuss results of all my blood work, she actually made me call into work so she can talk to me. I am really freaked out about all that I am reading about these levels, my father is diabetic, so I have always been careful in what I eat, so I am kinda surprised at this number.

Old 10-17-2011, 10:17 AM   #3
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Re: A1C levels and PCOS

5 is considered the top end of normal or safe. 6.1 wouldn't be an issue for most people, but Insulin Resistence is a precursor to both PCOS and diabetes and because of this, it's quite easy for it to go up but hard to get it down. This is probably why your doc wants to play it safe and get you back on the met.

It can be diet controlled. Talk to your doctor about this option if you'd prefer to try this first. Diets low in starchy carbs seem to work best for women with PCOS. Cutting back on wheat and wheat products (bread, pasta, etc), potato, rice and sugar might help. Try it for a couple of months and have tests done again. If there's no change then continue with diet. If the numbers go up, then definitely look at going back on metformin.

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