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I've seen several people comment about the A1C and the blood sugar readings.
Allow me to clarify.
"Poarch's A1C, which is used to provide the most accurate blood glucose average, was slightly elevated.
The window to be viewed as a pre-diabetic has shrunk over time from 70 to 120 to 70 to 100, said Joy Holladay, a family nurse practitioner at Mission Valley Clinic, where Poarch was diagnosed three weeks ago."
PatB is right, the two paragraphs are speaking of separate tests: A1C and just a routine daily blood sugar check. The A1C averages about three months and goes based on single digit values.
Thank you all for bringing this up. I can see how it sounds as though the nurse practitioner was speaking about the A1C, but was not.
Pat- I re-read article after viewing your post. The article certain paints an off base accounting (or my doctors are wrong). Totally non- diabetic individuals can easily have a 140+ reading, particularly in early morning readings. A1C is the only test that will provide any real meaning- simple blood glucose reading are good for monitoring- not for detection. I can easily have an 65 reading in the same day that I have a 150 reading.
They are doing the right thing(s)- I got a 7.1 result last Dec. I go for next test in a couple of weeks, (about every 3 months) but my last result was 5.4I am not taking any medication, I altered diet, increased exercise, and lost a few pounds. I am still over weight, but continue to lose. It is tough when one has a low carb, low sodium, low fat diet restriction, it gets tricky. All I can really offer to others just finding out about their blood results is TEST! TEST! I check mine every day/every two days- I track carbs, exercise, etc. and take the info to Dr. each appointment. It does get to be second nature- I started out looking up food items carbs. etc. but after a few months, don't have to even think about it often. It is a lifestyle change- educate yourself, there is tons of info readily available.
The numbers quoted by the nurse have no relationship to the aforementioned A1C test. They sound like fasting blood sugars from a routine blood test. The A1C test gives you an average blood sugar over a much longer period of time and the results are given as a whole number and decimaal. My last one was a 5.7 which is OK but not great. 7.0 is the bad boy when you are considered diabetic. Please clarify this. Diabetics know its wrong but non-diabetics may be confused with results of test that doctors give them. My wife is diabeitc so I have a rough working knowledge of these tests. Thank you.Patrick Barnes
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