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Does 6.6 A1C test mean I am diabetic


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Old 06-22-2013, 04:34   #1
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Got a blood test a couple of weeks ago for preventive purposes(heart, cholesterol, etc...) and my doc tells me I have type 2 diabetes with a A1C result of 6.6. Got test around 9am and hadnt eaten since 10 the night before. Was on the Advocare 24 day challenge (day 5 of cleanse phase) at time of test. My questions is do I definitely have diabetes or what? I am going to get retested in 3 months. Doc told me to exercise and reduce carbs and sugars which I have started. Any help/advice would be great.

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It means that there is a whole lot more glucose circulating in your blood than is considered normal. Doctors & patients use labels like diabetic or 'pre-diabetic' as per their choice. IMO you are at a level where dietary & lifestyle intervention should help to improve your numbers.
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A1c and Average Blood Glucose Conversion
A1c: 6.6 %

Average Blood Glucose in mg/dl: 143 mg/dl

Average Blood Glucose in mmol/L: 7.9 mmol/L

REF: Blood Sugar/A1c Calculator

for other details check Blood Sugar 101

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Yes, definitely. You should get a BG meter and start testing your blood, aiming for no higher than 7.8 (or 140) as the highest you ever go. Avoiding carbs will help.

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You do not say hold old you are, but if you want to live to a ripe old age, you need to reduce the carbs now. I wish that I had startd 10 years earlier and I would not have advanced diabetes now. I am blind in one eye am have no feeling in parts of my feet. I have been on a low carb(under 40g per day) diet for 10 months and my A1c is now 6.0. Any thing over 7.0 damages your kidneys and eyes and other things. My A1c was over 8.1 for years before I got smart( almost too late).

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Hi there and welcome!!

I agree with the advice you have been given above. You should spend some time reading BloodSugar101 to get a comprehensive understanding of what diabetes is all about.

One of the best things you can do right away is drastically lower your carb intake. Many of us here have had amazing results eating a low carb/high fat diet. A great introduction to that way of eating can be found at Dr Andreas Eenfeldt's site The Diet Doctor. Also check out our recipe section right here on the forum to get some additional yummy things to eat!!

Best of luck to you! Glad you found us!!

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In all likelihood, yes, but there are exceptions. The A1C test is not legitimate as a sole means of diagnosis because of these exceptions. Although uncommon, there are conditions where the A1C can read either higher or lower than the reality of day-to-day blood sugar in the blood.

First priority now is to confirm what "appears" to be excessive blood sugar from this single test with spot readings with an inexpensive blood glucose meter. Measure fasting, one hour after eating and two hours after eating. If fasting is under 100 and 1 and 2 hour readings are both under 140, drop it for now, you're good and just keep an eye on it going forward. If either of those are broken, more action will be required along the lines of what others have said.

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Welcome to the forum. sounds like your Dr is giving you good advice. Exercise, reduce carbs and sugars. personally I found it better to radically reduce the carbs and totally cut out sugar, and sugar is hidden in many foods including fruit. You will find all this info on bloodsugar101
Getting a meter is a great idea. You can get a prescription meter from your Dr or just go to Walmart and buy their brand meter, strips, lancets and lancet device. I found this to be less expensive than the prescriptions.

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