What Does It Mean When Your A1c Is 5.6?

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Low-carb Lab Testing – Part 2 – Fasting Insulin Test

This is the second installment in a series of articles exploring pertinent lab tests for people following low-carb diets, and how a slightly different perspective is needed when interpreting the results compared to results from people following high-carb diets. In the previous post in this series, we looked at three measurements related to blood glucose: fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and fructosamine. We left off saying that while these are important to monitor regularly, they offer a limited view of a much larger metabolic control system. Blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and fructosamine indicate only what’s happening with blood glucose. They reveal nothing about insulin, which we will explore in this post. Knowing your numbers is an important step for anyone who wants to transform their health. Heads Up Health was designed to empower you to manage all of your health data, including your lab test results, in one secure location. You can learn more on our homepage or by clicking below to create your account and start building your own centralized health portfolio. The Fasting Insulin Test We said it last time, and it’s worth repeating: A fasting insulin test is the mos Continue reading >>

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    Is 5.6 a normal A1C? I'm not sure what this number means. What is the average bs for that?
    I've had a few high post meal readings since last summer. I used my husband's meter to test. I went as high as 180 sometimes -- but came right back down immediately -- within the half hour or hour. My fasting is right at 100 or a tad lower. But I worried about the 180s. So my doc did an A1C...

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    I was diagnosed with Diabetes 10 months ago. I immediately started reading books on the subject so I could understand what I was dealing with. I read over a dozen books in three months and what I learned about A1C scores is that anything below 6.0 is normal. Diabetics should keep theirs below 6.5 according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE - Specialists in the field) and under 7.0 according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). 5.6 is excellent and as your doctor siad, you should keep doing what you are doing overall. The AACE does indicate that you should keep your BG under 140 and the ADA says 180 for reading two hours after a meal. It looks like you are doing that.

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    Your sugar level varies over the course of the day. If you checked every ten minutes you'd see the numbers vary throughout the course of the day.
    You are being a bit paranoid and I think this is a case where a little too much information is dangerous. You are "over thinking" the data that you have and jumping to wrong conclusions.
    You do not have diabetes. Your numbers are normal. Keep doing what you are doing.

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