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Understanding A1c, “the Test That Does Not Lie”

“I just had my AC1, no, AC something….oh, what’s it called”. It’s that 3 month test that does not lie; I think it needs to be below 7. I don’t know what that means, but I am concerned because my doctor says it was high. Can you help me?” …said one of my patients to me in exasperation. He was more confused at the end of his explanation than he began and he is not alone. People living with diabetes are constantly tracking their numbers and aiming for moving targets. Things get confusing and complicated, making it tempting to throw in the proverbial towel and give up any attempt at managing diabetes. Let us take a closer look at “the test that does not lie”. So what is the A1C test? Here are some fast facts: The A1C test is sometimes called the glycohemoglobin or hemoglobin A1C test. Glyco refers to sugar and hemoglobin is the oxygen carrying protein in red blood cells. It is an important tool which, along with your (finger-stick) blood sugar results, helps you and your health care provider monitor your progress over a 3-4 month window. Doctors use the A1C test to determine your risk factor for developing serious complications such as heart disease, eye disease, an Continue reading >>

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  1. barbara26695

    I am scared now any advice please

    Just been told by the doctor my sugar level is 9.5 and i have to have a fasting test in 2 weeks does this mean i have type 2 diabetis and will i have to go on medication The last blood test that showed this was not a fasting test so i am not sure about anything I am almost 70 years old but noticed i have lost a lot of weight and my hair is going thin any advice would be grateful thanks

  2. blodwyn

    Hello Barbara.
    Do you have any other symptoms indicative of diabetes such as terrible thirst,frequent and copious urination,plus rapid weight loss,blurry eyesight,increasing fatigue etc.
    Do you know anyone with a glucose monitor?
    Some people can get their levels under control with diet,others need diet and medication.
    In the meantime you could cut out sugar in drinks,especially fruit juices and cut down on the carbohydrates.
    Hope this helps
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  3. blodwyn

    Thanls for the reply I dont have a thirst nor do i urinate more thn usual Maybe i should buy a glucose monitor

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