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  • I'm seeing a lot of commentary on where to find an A1C ... this is a fasting glucose test, and your doctor has to order it for you. Love and good wishes...
  • It seems like a lot of people with an A1c of 6.4. I do, as well. I've cut out most sugar and grains. Waiting for next blood work to see if there's an improvement.
  • Really need to update this program . . . it's 7 years old and lots of good info since 2010.
  • How do I record my A1c results on this site and the app non my phone? Have this test run every three months and can't record the results. Tests for sugar level are on the nutrition page but can't find where to record A1c. HELP!!
  • Hi my first measure some 3 months ago was 6.4, then 8 and latest bloods 7.1, the longer term measure was 41 and now 42 . I am attempting to deal with increase exercise and diet.....but am confused by the measures. am i correct in saying that blood glucose measure between 4-6 is normal. Thereafter anything is abnormal and above 7 diabeitic....and the increase in the longer term A1 measure from 41 to 43 is a trend to reverse asap ........
  • I recently had a TIA and when I went in the hospital my A1C was 6.4 Not Diabetic by normal dietician standards...but my Glucose had spiked at 225 due to the 'event'... when I went home my A1C was 5.7 and my glucose 98 they told me I was not diabetic... confused?... yes, I am... adjusting to low sugar and carbs!
  • Am finally in with a group of Holistic Minded Doctors - yeah! Although previous doctors had been checking me for thyroid disorder and also my had been years since a full blood profile had been done on me.

    I just found out two days ago that I am insulin resistant - pre diabetes. Plus, my thyroid numbers are upside down from what they should be.

    Although I consider myself very health conscience and someone who eats lots of veggies, whole grains, little meat or dairy products....I gained 20+ pounds when I went through menopause 20 years ago, and have never been able to get it off. I'm very active also.

    This diagnosis explains the weight issue. I have an appointment with their dietician soon, and have already been told to cut out ALL GRAINS and some fruits. I'll be using this program to track my food intake and hope to report some positive results in 6-8 wks.
  • A1c is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar for the past 3 months. in layman terms the red blood cells absorb extra sugar and die off, or are replaced every 3 months. The blood sugar test normally taken is for this moment only. The A1c is accumulated data. It is a better long term measure of your actual health. It will therefore not be contradicting a blood sugar result on a moment to moment basis, instead tells how your body is doing over time.
  • GARYE99481
    diagnosed as pre diabetic and have no idea where to start. How many carbs a day? Can I journal online and get the nutritional values? HELP
    Hi, Joanne. I saw your question. The answer: A1c hemoglobin is a bloodtest that we pre-diabetics usually get a few times a year. It measures AVERAGE blood sugar in your bloodstream over the last three months or so. We generally like it to be less than 6. If it's more than 6.5, we're probably already diabetic, but it needs to be confirmed with another A1c 3-6 months later.

    The reason it's called A1c hemoglobin is that, when we don't get enough exercise or move around enough generally, the sugar (glucose) that SHOULD be in our muscle cells, making us feel energetic, instead gets stuck onto the hemoglobin protein in our red blood cells in the bloodstream. It also tends to make the blood sticky or sludgy instead of nice and slippery.

    What you WANT hemoglobin to be doing is moving oxygen and other nutrients all around your body so that every cell feels happy, healthy, and efficient. If the hemoglobin has sugar stuck all over it, it can't do that and you'll feel lousy.

    The good news is that in the early stages of "pre-diabetes", most people can literally "walk away" from developing diabetes. Walking burns off that sludgy sugar and liberates your hemoglobin to do its job nicely. Good luck!
    Thank you all for your comments!!! It truly helps give us newbies some insight and hope! I was recently diagnosed pre-diabetic at an 6.4 A1C. I also have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is also an insulin resistant disorder. I suffered with PCOS for years before being diagnosed by my sister, then confirmed by my Gyno at 30. The ysuspect it was goign on since my teens. Now 40, I'm looking at life differently. I quit smoking over a year ago and am trying to get my weight under control. My dad was diabetic and died at 61 as did his mom at the same age of heart related issues. I am so thrilled to have found this site and have already talked a coworker (diabetic) into joining it and have only been signed up a few hours. I really hope this will give me more motivation as I see numbers declining. Again, thank you all for your comments. They mean so much and I hope mine will help another newbie too! Blessings!
    Joining sparks is the first step to getting my eating and weight habits under control.
  • So worried, but not surprised, after receiving a diagnosis of being insulin resistant yesterday. I knew if I didn't take care of myself this would happen and sure enough... The good thing is that it appears that SparkPeople has put together a program and has a lot of information. Thank you, SparkPeople.
  • Thank you for this article. :)

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