What are the differences between blood tests?

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Registered: 11-10-2001
What are the differences between blood tests?
Mon, 04-14-2014 - 4:12pm

Hi everyone! My first blood test came back slightly elevated, 6 points above the normal range. Six weeks later I went for another test - the A1C and my numbers were great, not even in the pre-diabetes range. So I'm a little confused as to what this means. My doctor said that we'll just watch the numbers. But my understanding is that the A1C would give a better idea of what your numbers are so if that is low/normal then you're good? That's not to say I'm going to go out and eat a cake, but do I need to cut all sugar and carbs? Thanks.

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Registered: 11-20-2013
Tue, 04-15-2014 - 6:29pm

Was the first blood test a fasting blood test? You're right that there can be some variability, which is why your doctor then asked for the A1c. There's good information here about A1c:  http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis/   This may be a good time to make sure you're eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.  ~Lynn @Glucerna

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Sat, 05-10-2014 - 3:07am

Your comments are correct about the blood test and I hope that you have looked at the reference that glucerna gave. But I would also like to make the comment that a shot has been fired across the bow of your life. You have time to make the necessary changes to prevent or at least felay your becoming a diabetic. Take seriously what has happened. Try to get your weight as close to normal as possible and start getting regular exercise. It is recommened that you get 150 minutes of exercise a week. This can be as simple as going for a 30 minute walk 5 times per week. Lokk at what you are eating and how large your portions are. Try to make sure that you get 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day. Both of these things can help you tremendously.

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