Diabetes Health in The News: HbA1c Assay Responsible for Participants Misdiagnosed

Those who participated in the Mexico City Diabetes Study may have been misdiagnosed, a new analysis shows. Originally, many in the study were classified as prediabetic or diabetic, according to their HbA1c assay. However, an oral glucose tolerance test later showed many of these patients were within normal ranges. The HbA1c, as noted by both the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico City and

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AskNadia: Pre-diabetes and How The Glycemic Index Affects My A1C

Dear Nadia:   I am currently on a “pre-diabetic” watch because of excessive thirst and urination. My current A1c is 5.7. My last fasting glucose at eight hours was 106; at 12 hours 93.      After those readings I had a freshly squeezed carrot/apple juice ( two apples, two carrots) drink. An hour later my glucose was 77. I looked a little pale but was

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AskNadia: My Doctor Won’t Perform Surgery Because of My High A1C

Dear Nadia:   I have diabetes and am in desperate need of knee surgery. My doctor won’t perform the surgery because my A1c has been between 7.1% and 7.4% for the past year. My insulin doses have been adjusted but I can’t seem to get below 7%, which is where they want me. This has really affected my quality of life. Do you think I

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Plant-based Diets Lead To Lower A1c Levels

If you’re battling type 2, switching to a vegetarian diet could help significantly reduce symptoms, according to researchers. And before you lament the thought of a diet free from meat, the myriad health benefits researchers from the Physicians Committee found during their analysis might totally change your mind about black beans, tofu and soy-based meat substitutes. By analyzing data from 255 participants with type 2

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Insulin pumps lead to lower A1C levels for insulin-dependent type 2s

Insulin pumps can be as beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes that require insulin as they have become for those with type 1, according to a new trial. The study results are especially positive since many of those with type 2 are failing to control their blood glucose levels, which can lead to potentially costly complication, both for patients and the health care system.

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Both High and Low A1c’s Implicated in Longer Hospital Stays

An interesting study out of Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston ties poor glycemic control–defined as an A1c of 8% or more–to longer hospital stays for non-cardiac surgery. There’s no surprise there, since previous studies have confirmed that people with poorly controlled blood sugars take longer to recover from surgery and are prone to more complications. But the study also shows that patients with diabetes

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Drug Improves Weight and A1c in Patients With or Without Diabetes

According to a study gauging the benefits of the diet drug Qsymia, those who took the drug not only lost weight, but also saw their A1c levels improve, even if they weren’t diabetic. The results of the 56-week study following the weight loss journey of those taking extended-release Qsymia, a mix of phentermine and topiramate, were reported at the recent World Congress on Insulin Resistance,

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