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Hemoglobin A1c Test (hba1c, A1c, Hb1c)

Hemoglobin A1c Test (hba1c, A1c, Hb1c)

Hemoglobin A1c definition and facts Hemoglobin A1c is a protein on the surface of red blood cells that sugar molecules stick to, usually for the life of the red blood cell (about three months). The higher the level of glucose in the blood, the higher the level of hemoglobin A1c is detectable on red blood cells. Hemoglobin A1c levels correlate with average levels of glucose in the blood over an approximately three-month time period. Normal ranges for hemoglobin A1c in people without diabetes is about 4% to 5.9%. People with diabetes with poor glucose control have hemoglobin A1c levels above 7%. Hemoglobin A1c levels are routinely used to determine blood sugar control over time in people with diabetes. Decreasing hemoglobin A1c levels by 1% may decrease the risk of microvascular complications (for example, diabetic eye, nerve, or kidney disease) by 10%. Hemoglobin A1c levels should be checked, according to the American Diabetic Association, every six months in individuals with stable blood sugar control, and every three months if the person is trying to establish stable blood sugar control. Hemoglobin A1c has many other names such as glycohemoglobin, glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, and HbA1c. To explain what hemoglobin A1c is, think in simple terms. Sugar sticks to things, and when it has been stuck to something for a long time it's harder to the get sugar (glucose) off. In the body, sugar sticks too, particularly to proteins. The red blood cells that circulate in the body live for about three months before they die. When sugar (glucose) sticks to these red blood cells by binding to hemoglobin A1c, it gives us an idea of how much glucose has been around in the blood for the preceding three months. Hemoglobin A1c is a minor component of hemoglobin to which gl Continue reading >>

Testing Your Blood Sugar

Testing Your Blood Sugar

David Kinshuck See the new glucose sensor here. These will soon be available on the NHS, November 2017. Sensors are highly recommended for all insulin users trying to keep good control of their diabetes. At present in October 17 for £30 a week, you can test your (interstitial) glucose levels, and this could really help insulin users. It does not measure the blood glucose, but it measures the glucose in the tissue fluid. Tissue fluid interstitial glucose takes 15 minutes to catch up with the blood glucose level, but this will not be a problem most of the time. See. If you live near Good Hope and would like to try a sensor free for 2 weeks only, please contact my (DK) secretary at Good Hope. Here is the evidence 27214060 27641781 But NICE recommends they are funded even at present see "CGM may be considered appropriate under the following situations: If having more than one severe hypo a year that’s brought on by no obviously preventable cause. A complete loss of hypo awareness. Frequent episodes of problematic hypos occurring without symptoms. If an extreme fear of hypoglycemia is causing problems or distress. If unable to achieve an HbA1c of under 75 mmol/mol (9%) despite testing blood sugar levels at least 10 a day. CGM use can be applied if the following factors also apply: [170] The intended user of the CGM is willing both to commit to using the CGM at least 70 per cent of the time and keep it regularly calibrated. The user is on multiple daily injections or insulin pump therapy. The health team providing the CGM has the expertise to advise on effective use of the CGM." Buying a glucose testing meter There are many new glucose testing meters. Your diabetes nurse will need to show you how to use these. For people with no fingers or very tender fingers there is a 'v Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Level Test: 10.7... I Have Questions.

Blood Glucose Level Test: 10.7... I Have Questions.

Blood Glucose Level Test: 10.7... I have questions. Forgive me, as I know nothing about this topic and I'm now pretty worried. Just wondering if anyone here with experience dealing with blood glucose levels could talk to me. Just had a blood glucose test done at work along with blood pressure. Blood pressure was fine but then when the nurse went to test my Glucose, she told me to expect to see a number between 4-10. And if it was 8-10 that's too high. So we do the test and it's nearly 11. A couple of factors to consider are that I had just eaten a cinnamon raisin bagel an hour before which she said could have affected it. (Although, she didn't say if one bagel could throw you way over the limit. I should have asked about that...) But besides that I have been feeling just generally shitty physically and mentally in the past couple years, which kicked off with stomach issues that are still unresolved after numerous doctor visits. I work in an office, so I sit down 8 hours a day. However I walk nearly everywhere in my life, always take the stairs (5 flights up and down 6 times a day at work (sometimes I take extra breaks from sitting to go all the way up to the 12th), I stand when I play games and I eat generally pretty well/healthy. I'm not overweight either. We're going to do another test in a week or two, but should I brace myself to learn I'm suddenly diabetic? What kind of blood glucose level does a diabetic person usually have? Is there any chance this is a fluke? Funny thing is, last time I got this test done 5 years ago I was actually really low at around 3.7 if I'm remembering correctly. Thanks for any advice you can give about what I should do/prepare to hear. Edit Wasn't aware this mattered at first but I'm in Canada. So I guess that means something for this me Continue reading >>

Understanding Blood Glucose (blood Sugar)

Understanding Blood Glucose (blood Sugar)

Print Blood sugar—knowing what affects it, and what to do when it’s too low or too high—is at the heart of diabetes management. What is blood glucose? Glucose is an essential source of energy for the body. Our bodies make it, but mostly it comes from the food we eat (for more information, see Food and type 1 diabetes). Glucose is important because: It can be quickly turned into energy. The brain and nerves need a constant supply. Your blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood at a given point in time. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that keeps blood glucose levels in a healthy range. Insulin allows the glucose from food to enter the body’s cells, where it can be used for energy. When someone has type 1 diabetes, their pancreas does not produce insulin. Without insulin, blood sugar will eventually rise to dangerously high levels. So people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin several times a day, either by injection or through an insulin pump. The amount of insulin a person needs depends on how much food they eat, their activity levels, their age and size, and other factors. Insulin doses may vary from day to day. For more detail, see Insulin: What school staff need to know. What is a typical blood sugar level? In Canada, blood sugar levels are measured in mmol/L (millimoles per litre). A person who doesn’t have diabetes usually has a blood sugar level somewhere between 3.5 mmol/L and 7.8 mmol/L, depending on when they last ate. Diabetes is diagnosed when someone’s blood sugar is greater than 11 mmol/L. People with type 1 diabetes have a “target range” for their blood sugar level. The range is determined with their health care team. Typically, a target range will be between: 6 to 10 mmol/L for children Continue reading >>

Symptoms Of High Blood Sugar

Symptoms Of High Blood Sugar

Topic Overview High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is most often seen in people who have diabetes that isn't well controlled. The symptoms of high blood sugar can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild high blood sugar If your blood sugar levels are consistently higher than your target range (usually 11 mmol/L to 20 mmol/L, and 11 mmol/L to 14 mmol/L in children), you may have mild symptoms of high blood sugar. You may urinate more than usual if you are drinking plenty of liquids. Some people who have diabetes may not notice any symptoms when their blood sugar level is in this range. The main symptoms of high blood sugar are: Increased thirst. Increased urination. Weight loss. Fatigue. Increased appetite. Young children are unable to recognize symptoms of high blood sugar. Parents need to do a home blood sugar test on their child whenever they suspect high blood sugar. If you don't drink enough liquids to replace the fluids lost from high blood sugar levels, you can become dehydrated. Young children can become dehydrated very quickly. Symptoms of dehydration include: A dry mouth and increased thirst. Warm, dry skin. Moderate to severe high blood sugar If your blood sugar levels are consistently high (usually above 20 mmol/L in adults and above 14 mmol/L in children), you may have moderate to severe symptoms of high blood sugar. These symptoms include: Blurred vision. Extreme thirst. Light-headedness. Flushed, hot, dry skin. Restlessness, drowsiness, or difficulty waking up. If your body produces little or no insulin (people with type 1 diabetes and some people with type 2 diabetes), you also may have: Rapid, deep breathing. A fast heart rate and a weak pulse. A strong, fruity breath odour. Loss of appetite, belly pain, and/or vomiting. If your blood sugar levels continue to ri Continue reading >>

This Calculator Uses The 2007 Adag Formula To Estimate A1c And Average Blood Glucose Equivalents.

This Calculator Uses The 2007 Adag Formula To Estimate A1c And Average Blood Glucose Equivalents.

Enter a value into one of the fields below then press convert. A1c Value: Average Blood Glucose mg/dl or mmol/L Continue reading >>

High Blood Sugar: Complications That Can Happen

High Blood Sugar: Complications That Can Happen

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS) If your blood sugar is too high for too long, it can cause serious health problems. Its something to be careful of whether you have diabetes or not. How high is too high?Your doctor will tell you what your target range should be, and what to do if your levels arent in that range. If you have diabetes, you'll need to check your blood sugar, also called glucose, to know if its too high, too low, or meets your goal. The problems that high blood sugar can cause happen over time. The sooner you get your levels back in line, the better. These are symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Your body burns glucose for energy. When your cells dont get enough of it, they burn fat. That produces chemicals called ketones. When these build up, your blood becomes more acid-like. This can be life-threatening if its not treated. Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS) This mostly affects elderly people. As glucose builds up in your blood, your body tries to get rid of it through your urine. At first, you pee a lot. Over time, you pee less, but when you do, its very dark. This condition can lead to dehydration, coma, or even death. Get medical help right away if you have any of these warning signs: You can avoid many of these problems by keeping your blood sugar under control. Follow your doctors advice about diet and exercise, take your medicine, keep up with your doctor visits, and check your levels often. WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on December 19, 2017 Continue reading >>

Led Astray By Hemoglobin A1c

Led Astray By Hemoglobin A1c

Go to: Case Report A 67-year-old Caucasian male with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and spinal stenosis was referred to the endocrine clinic for the management of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. His primary care provider had diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes based on an elevated A1c of 10.7%, which is equivalent to an average blood glucose of 260 mg/dL. Metformin 500 mg twice daily was started and titrated to 1000 mg twice daily after one week. At the initial endocrine visit, the patient complained of fatigue, weight loss, and intermittent abdominal pain. Despite already having a low body mass index of 18, lifestyle changes were implemented, including a very low carbohydrate diet. The patient had not been monitoring his blood glucose at home. While instructing the patient on how to use a glucometer, it was noted that he had a nonfasting capillary blood glucose of 100 mg/dL. In the absence of metabolic syndrome and given his previous high A1c with normal glucose level, decision was made to evaluate him for type 1 diabetes entering the honeymoon phase (transient β-cell remission). The patient had a C-peptide of 2.5 ng/mL with blood glucose of 102 mg/dL and negative glutamic acid decarboxylase antibodies (less than 1.0 IU/mL). These results did not support β-cell dysfunction or autoimmunity against the β-cells. Additionally, his fructosamine level was 223 µmol/L (reference range = 0-285 µmol/L), which did not reflect hyperglycemia and was consistent with his home glucose measurements of 92 to 130 mg/dL (fasting and pre/post meals). However, his A1c continued to be 10% to 11% using the BioRad Variant II high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis (Figure 1); therefore, further investigation into the cause of this false elevation was done. There was no history or Continue reading >>

Management Of Blood Glucose In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Management Of Blood Glucose In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus focus on three areas: intensive lifestyle intervention that includes at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity, weight loss with an initial goal of 7 percent of baseline weight, and a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet; aggressive management of cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., hypertension, dyslipidemia, and microalbuminuria) with the use of aspirin, statins, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors; and normalization of blood glucose levels (hemoglobin A1C level less than 7 percent). Insulin resistance, decreased insulin secretion, and increased hepatic glucose output are the hallmarks of type 2 diabetes, and each class of medication targets one or more of these defects. Metformin, which decreases hepatic glucose output and sensitizes peripheral tissues to insulin, has been shown to decrease mortality rates in patients with type 2 diabetes and is considered a first-line agent. Other medications include sulfonylureas and nonsulfonylurea secretagogues, alpha glucosidase inhibitors, and thiazolidinediones. Insulin can be used acutely in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to normalize blood glucose, or it can be added to a regimen of oral medication to improve glycemic control. Except in patients taking multiple insulin injections, home monitoring of blood glucose levels has questionable utility, especially in relatively well-controlled patients. Its use should be tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Type 2 diabetes mellitus, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, is directly responsible for more than 73,000 deaths annually and is a contributing factor in more than 220,000 deaths.1 It is the leading cause of kidney failure and new cases of blindness in a Continue reading >>

Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Normal Blood Sugar Levels are provided in the Blood Glucose Chart. A simple diabetes blood test using diabetes test strips allows for continuous blood glucose monitoring at home. How do you check your blood glucose level? Put blood from a finger prick on a diabetes test strip. Blot off excess blood with a tissue. Read the glucose test strip either by comparing the colour with the colour chart on the test strip bottle or by using an electronic blood glucose meter. It is important to follow the instructions on the bottle or meter carefully. Daily bread - Can any human body handle gluten? Dr. Rodney Ford | TEDxTauranga Gluten – friend or foe? This was the talk that got the standing ovation and changed everyone’s eating habits for the rest of evening. Over the course of 15 minutes Dr. Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, and a pioneer in the field of paediatric food allergies, convinced an audience of 500 that nobody is equipped to digest gluten. How did he do it? By using lego! Dr. Ford showed us the indigestible gluten protein is chased by the antibodies that our systems create to combat the gluten. Based on decades of research, Dr. Ford believes that abundant health can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods. Dr Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, is a paediatrician and former Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Christchurch Clinical School. He is a specialist in food allergy and gastroenterology at the 'The Children's Clinic and Allergy Centre', Christchurch, New Zealand. Rodney's philosophy is “diet: not drugs” as he has seen too many people given medications for symptoms without first considering the possibility of food allergy or food intolerance. Rodney has been investigating adverse reactions to gluten for over 20 years and these il Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar Levels | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Blood Sugar Levels | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community hi I am new to this forum and the question I would like to ask is" overnight is it normal to lose 8 points ? I can go to bed with a reading of 14.8 and in the morning get a reading of 6.3. I take no medication and am diet controlled. :wave: Some members will be along soon with advice about your levels. In the meantime here is something you might find useful too - the information we give to new members. Ask any more questions you like and someone will help you. Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist. A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. Its far from the end of the world though and on this forum youll find well over 30,000 people who are demonstrating this. On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat. If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our bodys own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise. Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications . People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from goin Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar And Glucose Levels: What They Mean, And What They Should Be

Blood Sugar And Glucose Levels: What They Mean, And What They Should Be

Blood sugar and glucose levels: what they mean, and what they should be Sugar is a carbohydrate found naturally in foodCredit:Getty Your blood sugar levelis in constant flux, depending on what you've eaten, when you ate it, and what you did afterwards. A finger-prickblood test can ascertain your levelat any moment in the day it's acrucial tool for diabetes sufferers, as they need to manage their body's insulin response. In people with diabetes, explains Dr Soon Song, a consultant physician and diabetologist at BMI Thornbury Hospital in South Yorkshire and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the blood glucose levels are raised bothbefore andaftera meal. In a healthy individual without diabetes, he says, the body produces the correct amount of insulin from the pancreas to normalise the blood glucose level. But in diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and/or the body is not able to use the glucose effectively due to lack of responsiveness to insulin action (known as insulin resistance). So the blood glucose level rises to abnormally high levels, which puts pressure on the bodys organs and nerves. causing permanent damage. Sugar is a carbohydrate found naturally in food. There are different types of sugars: glucose belongs to a type of sugar calledmonosaccharides or simple sugar. It is the primary source of energy and the body tissues needglucose tofunction normally, especially the brain. The terms blood sugar and blood glucose are often usedinterchangeably and refer to the amount of glucose carried in the blood, says Dr Song. The best diet plans to lose weight healthily Blood sugar level refers to the amount of glucose in the blood, sometimes known as blood glucose; the concentration of glucose in the blood is expressed in mmol/l. In health Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar/glucose Conversion Chart Mmol/l To Mg/dl

Blood Sugar/glucose Conversion Chart Mmol/l To Mg/dl

Blood Sugar/Glucose Conversion Chart mmol/L to mg/dl Synopsis : Table instantly shows mmol/L to mg/dl conversions for converting blood glucose level values, includes printable chart and mmol/L to mg/dl conversion formula. The handy mmol/L to mg/dl conversion table below converts the American blood sugar measurement system of milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) blood glucose values converted to the international standard of millimole per liter (mmol/L). Our conversion charts below lists a broad range of easy to read mmol/L to mg/dl, as well as vice versa mg/dl to mmol/L, measurement comparisons that range in numbers from 0.1 mmol/L (1.80 mg/dL), and scale up to 900.0 mg/dL (50.000 mmol/L). The blood sugar level (blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level) is defined as the measurement of the amount of glucose present in the blood. Glucose is an essential source of energy, our bodies make it, but glucose mostly comes from the food we eat. The international standard way of measuring blood glucose levels is in terms of a molar concentration, measured in mmol/L (millimoles per litre or millimolar, abbreviated mM). In the U.S., Germany and some other countries blood sugar level concentration is measured in mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre). Contour TS blood glucose meter reading 8.4 mmol/L sits next to a white open container of sugar with a spoon in it, the container lid rests near a finger-prick device or lancet. Conversion Formula for Converting mmol/L to mg/dl: Conversion Formula for Converting mg/dl to mmol/L: mmol/L to mg/dl Blood Glucose Conversion Table* *mg/dL measurements shortened to 2 decimal places with no rounding. mg/dl /L to mmol/L Blood Glucose Conversion Table* Continue reading >>

Hba1c Conversion Chart

Hba1c Conversion Chart

The HbA1c test measures how much haemoglobin in the blood has become glycated (chemically bonded with glucose). ••••• HbA1c values have changed and are now reported as a measurement in mmols/mol instead of the percentage previously given. To make sense of the new units and compare these with old units and vice versa, use our HbA1c units converter table below. Old unit = NGSP unit = %HbA1c New unit = IFCC unit = mmol/mol HbA1c Old HbA1c New HbA1c Old HbA1c New 4.0 20 8.1 65 4.1 21 8.2 66 4.2 22 8.3 67 4.3 23 8.4 68 4.4 25 8.5 69 4.5 26 8.6 70 4.6 27 8.7 72 4.7 28 8.8 73 4.8 29 8.9 74 4.9 30 9.0 75 5.0 31 9.1 76 5.1 32 9.2 77 5.2 33 9.3 78 5.3 34 9.4 79 5.4 36 9.5 80 5.5 37 9.6 81 5.6 38 9.7 83 5.7 39 9.8 84 5.8 40 9.9 85 5.9 41 10 86 6.0 42 10.1 87 6.1 43 10.2 88 6.2 44 10.3 89 6.3 45 10.4 90 6.4 46 10.5 91 6.5 48 10.6 92 6.6 49 10.7 93 6.7 50 10.8 95 6.8 51 10.9 96 6.9 52 11.0 97 7.0 53 11.1 98 7.1 54 11.2 99 7.2 55 11.3 100 7.3 56 11.4 101 7.4 57 11.5 102 7.5 58 11.6 103 7.6 60 11.7 104 7.7 61 11.8 105 7.8 62 11.9 107 7.9 63 12.0 108 8.0 64 Sit down with your child to decide what kind of meter they would prefer out of the options available. Hypos Hypos occur when your blood glucose falls too low. PLAY A healthy diet for someone with diabetes is the same as a healthy diet for anyone else. Find out what… Living with diabetes during pregnancy can be challenging, but you can still lead a healthy life. Take control of your… Glucose testing is the process used to measure the amount of glucose in your blood and can be carried out… FreeStyle Optium Neo has a choice of tools designed to help people who use insulin. Understanding your blood glucose level is a beneficial part of diabetes self-management and can help you and your healthcare team… Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose

Blood Glucose

Blood glucose and blood sugar are interchangeable terms, and both are crucial to the health of the body; especially for people with diabetes. Most diabetics will be familiar with the terms blood glucose, blood glucose test, blood glucose level and blood glucose meter, but what does blood glucose really mean? Why do blood sugar levels need to be controlled? What are blood glucose levels? Blood sugar levels are literally the amount of glucose in the blood, sometimes called the serum glucose level. Usually, this amount is expressed as millimoles per litre (mmol/l) and stay stable amongst people without diabetes at around 4-8mmol/L. Spikes in blood sugar will occur following meals, and levels will usually be at their lowest in the early mornings. When it comes to people with diabetes, blood sugar fluctuates more widely. Why do blood glucose levels need to be controlled? High levels of glucose present in the blood over a sustained period of time end up damaging the blood vessels. Although this does not sound too serious, the list of resultant complications is. Poorly controlled blood glucose levels can increase your chances of developing diabetes complications including nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy and cardiovascular diseases. The time-scale for the development of these complications is usually years, but be aware that type 2 diabetes is often not diagnosed until a relatively late stage. How do I find out what my blood glucose levels are? You can use home testing kits, although before doing so read our guide to blood glucose monitors. Measure levels by putting a drop of blood on a strip and placing it into a BGM (blood glucose meter). Prick your finger with a specially designed lancet to draw blood. What is a good blood glucose level? NICE guidelines for the UK curre Continue reading >>

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