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2,679 7/14/12 9:32 A
I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic; my A1c now averages 5.3 to 5.6 monthly.
7/14/12 9:28 A
Put briefly: The HbA1C blood test will show prediabetes earlier than the fasting glucose. Yet, fasting glucose is the test that Dr.s use to diagnose prediabetes.
7/14/12 9:17 A
My fasting blood glucose is normal. That's the test Dr.s use to diagnose prediabetes. But, I did a home test of HbA1C. The home kit has 2 tests, and one was for my husband. So, I used the other one.
It was slightly elevated, but I didn't think much about it. Months later, my Dr. did another HbA1C because I asked him to. It was slightly higher than the first one. So, it sank in this time - the prediabetic range.
By getting a glucose meter and doing some self-testing, I have learned - my BS reading is still alright after meals, and fasting. But, when I eat sweets, it goes sky high. These frequent sweets have caused the HbA1C to be prediabetic.
So, I have a headstart on getting the high readings under control, by learning my HbA1C. This test shows your average blood sugar over about 3 months.
I have known I needed to "get off sugar." The self-testing one hour after eating sweets is proof of the damage sugar is doing.
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