The HbA1C Test, Uncontrolled Diabetes + Mortality, Herbs For Diabetes
A recent analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data (NHANES) found that older adults who had an HbA1c above 8% were associated with increased risks for all-cause, cardiovascular and cancer-related deaths.
The HbA1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The HbA1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, A1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research. The A1C test can be used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes alone or in combination with other diabetes tests. An A1C test below 5.6 % is considered normal and 5.7-6.4 % is considered pre-diabetic and above 6.5 is considered diabetic.
HBA1C And Mortality Rates
Adults aged 65 and older with diabetes were compared to those without the complicated disease. Searching for an association between HbA1c and mortality rates, Dr. Priya Palta, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her colleagues analyzed data from 7,333 adults aged at least 65 years participating in NHANES III (1988-1994) and continuous NHANES (1999-2004) and linked mortality data through end of 2011.
Of 4,729 adults who died over an average 9 year period, (1,262 from CVD, 850 from cancer and 2,617 from non-CVD/noncancer causes), patients with an HbA1c of 9% or higher were 8 times more likely to die from any cause compared with patients whose HbA1c was less than 6.5%. This was followed by all-cause m Continue reading