When people find out I’m diabetic they typically have lots of questions about the disease. Odds are they are hearing this from their primary-care physician (PCP) who is looking at a fasting glucose result which is where the problem starts. But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at this study, or if you prefer, the less technical summary. Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) outperformed blood glucose as a predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality and had similar predictive accuracy for diabetes, data from a large cohort study showed. The fact of the matter is that any A1C above normal (5.7) increases your risk of diabetes related complications. These four charts describe the risk of various hazards associated with levels of glycated hemoglobin – the thing that is measured by the HbA1c test.


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Faq: can i have an underactive thyroid with normal tsh levels?, This is exactly the information i needed. If you are diabetic you are all too familiar with your HbA1c, or A1C as we commonly abbreviate it.
The fasting glucose test, in my opinion, is fine for detecting the possibility of diabetes but is useless for diagnosis and treatment.
Charts B through D are the really interesting ones that show, respectively, the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and death. The fasting glucose test measures your stable blood glucose (bg) at one point in time, typically first thing in the morning.


It does not mean that being pre-diabetic is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored. The problem is that for some people this can be perfectly normal even though they are experiencing dangerously high spikes in glucose after meals and, as it turns out, it is the spikes that do most of the damage. So if you are in the high-fives (ha, down low, too slow!) or low sixes does that mean you are fine and have nothing to worry about? The HbA1c test uses a clever trick to assess a 3-month average of your glycemic profile from a single blood sample and it is, in my opinion, the gold standard by which diabetes should be diagnosed and monitored.



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