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Glycosilated Haemoglobin ( HbA1C )

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Diabetes

enter image description here Diabetes: What Everyone Should Know

Known as the 7th leading cause of death in the United states, with more than 100 million people presently living with it or having a form called pre-diabetes, it is very important that we learn as much as we can about this condition.

It is even more necessary to demistify this condition since there are so many misconceptions and fears surrounding living with diabetes. But diabetes shouldn?t stop people from doing all the things they like to do.

For Chandler, who was diagnosed with a type of diabetes at the age of 4, besides checking his blood sugar level and getting his insulin shots, a regular day for him is a lot like every other kid's.

Chandler is 11 years old now and he still gets to ride his bike, fish, swim, play video games, and collect baseball cards.

Sadly, unlike Chandler, many people have lived with diabetes without knowing. The burden of the disease is worse than we think but it is easy to treat and manage much more than we can imagine.

So, what is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases which is responsible for excess sugar in the blood stream.

The presence of this sugar (glucose) often results in different body symptoms like excessive thirst, frequent weeing, fainting spells, weight loss, nausea, fatigue and bleeding.

Diabetes is often incurable and scientist believe it is transferable from parents to children and triggered by environmental factors which kill the insulin producing cells in the body.

It is extremely rare in babies and children below the age of 13 but very prevalent in adults from the age of 41- 60 and also common in seniors who are 60 years and above.

Two important forms of Diabetes

There are different types of diabetes with the two most common ones being called type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the malfunction of the body?s immune system or when the body?s immune system begins to destroy the beta cells of the pancreas which produces insulin.

In the case of type 2 diabetes, it is caused by several factors many of which include genetics and other self-destructive habits like feeding on junks and lack of physical activity.

Type 1 diabetes

As earlier stated, most type 1 diabetes is triggered by the immune system - the immune system is the part of the body system that fights off infections.

It attacks and destroys the cells producing the insulin which the body needs so much to convert the excess sugar consumed by the body.

Symptoms of this type of diabetes includes fatigue, blurry vison and cases of injuries that do not heal readily.

Type 2 diabetes

Type two diabetes is quite different because its symptoms develop slower than type one diabetes and these symptoms are mostly difficult to notice.

Individuals that are most likely to develop a type 2 diabetes are those who are not physically active, very overweight or obese.

These extra weight always causes insulin resistance; a condition where body parts like liver, muscle and fat cells do not use insulin well.

Early warning signs of diabetes

As with all diseases, diabetes also has its early warning signs that you should look out for and physicians are always on the high alert not to miss them.

These early signs include but are not limited to the following:

Fatigue

Excessive thirst

Dry mouth

Frequent urination

Wounds that don't heal quickly

Blurry vison and

Recurrent skin infections

They may also include severe signs like weight loss that isn?t prompted by any form of obvious cause like sickness or infection and reduced feeling in the limbs especially hands and feet.

There is however a caveat to early signs of diabetes. A times, in people with type 2 diabetes there are usually no form of observable signs, until complications set in.

Prediabetes symptoms

It must be noted that there are often no notable features or symptoms that can be associated with pre-diabetes in individuals.

Borderline diabetes as pre diabetes is sometimes called may sometimes show symptoms such as weight gain, and excessive hunger.

These symptoms are however tricky as they are also symptoms for other diseases and infections.

What food causes diabetes?
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Food doesn?t cause diabetes. However, certain meals can increase the risk of developing diabetes.

A regular high calorie diet consisting of high sugar meals like white bread, pasta, rice and other refined flour foods is a typical example.

These classes of carbohydrate based food lead to increase in blood sugar levels which can trigger this condition.

Foods like wheat, non- starchy vegetables, egg-white and different forms of edible nuts and seeds are generally healthier.

What food to avoid with diabetes?

Diabetes does not stop you from eating the foods that you enjoy. People living with diabetes can eat almost all foods, but some of these have to be eaten in smaller portions.

Foods that consist of highly processed carbs including baked goods made white flour, sweets, sugary beverages, candies, white breads and cereals should be avoided.

Sugar and diabetes: Two sides of a coin

There has always been a lot of misconception about the role of sugar in causing diabetes. Many people assume that people with diabetes should eat sugar-free meals.

Well eating sugar doesn?t cause diabetes but it plays an indirect role in its evolution. The presence of too much sugar in the blood will lead to weight gain or obesity, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

Can diabetics eat ice cream/pizza/bacon/cake/Chocolate/bread?

A large percentage of individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes are those who have unhealthy eating habits.

The ubiquity of junks like pizza, cakes, chocolate bread and other forms of flour based meals are high in sugar and these makes them terrible for consumption, especially for a diabetic.

However, if these pastries are made with sweeteners like dates, honey and wheat instead of flour then they are suitable to be consumed by diabetics.

Is milk/Banana good for diabetes?

The truth is, fruits contain sugar, although the sugar found in fruits are natural sugar. Bananas, like every other fruit, can be eaten in moderation.

Lactose is found in milk and it can also raise your blood sugar level especially when consumed in large portion. But it?s an important nutrient which can benefit the body when not taken excessively.

Milk and bananas are therefore good for diabetics.

Diagnosing and monitoring Diabetes

There are several tests used to diagnose the different types of diabetes from pre-diabetes to type 1 and 2.

Doctors mostly recommend the Fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) or the random plasma glucose test (RPG) test for diagnosis.

A special test referred to has ?HbA1c? can also be used to check how well your sugar has been controlled in the last 3 months.

These tests help to diagnose and also monitor the condition.

Can diabetes be cured completely?

Sadly, the most important thing to know about diabetes is that diabetes can be managed until it goes into remission but it cannot be cured.

With medication and lifestyle changes diabetes can be effectively managed.

Can diabetes be treated from home?

Diabetes test can be carried out from the house and contrary to the claims that herbs and supplements can cure diabetes, they cannot.

To treat diabetes, the combination of herbs, supplements and diabetic medications from your physician is often the tested and trusted means of treatment, which can be taken at home.

Diabetes and pregnancy: Not as bad as you think

It is only human to be worried about the risk to unborn your child if you?re living with diabetes.

Diabetes can affect pregnancy, especially the advanced state of pregnancy causing miscarriage and preterm births.

But plenty of people will become pregnant and have normal pregnancies with proper monitoring. So, there is little to worry about.

Can diabetes kill?

Sadly, If not treated properly and attended to as at when due, diabetes can kill, especially when the blood sugar is poorly controlled.

It isn?t the disease itself that kills its victims, but instead the deadly complications that arise if it isn?t handled carefully.

Now the good news. Acknowledging that one is diabetic and doing your best to get your blood glucose levels under control leads to a long and happy life.

cost of Glycosilated Haemoglobin ( HbA1C )  Health Care Diagnostic Center at Santacruz East Mumbai

Know About Glycosilated Haemoglobin ( HbA1C )

Hemoglobin A1c, also called A1c or glycated hemoglobin, is hemoglobin with glucose attached. The A1c test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2 to 3 months by measuring the percentage of glycated (glycosylated) hemoglobin.

Hemoglobin is an oxygen-transporting protein found inside red blood cells (RBCs). There are several types of normal hemoglobin, but the predominant form � about 95-98% � is hemoglobin A. As glucose circulates in the blood, some of it spontaneously binds to hemoglobin A.

The higher the level of glucose in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin is formed. Once the glucose binds to the hemoglobin, it remains there for the life of the red blood cell � normally about 120 days. The predominant form of glycated hemoglobin is referred to as A1c. A1c is produced on a daily basis and slowly cleared from the blood as older RBCs die and younger RBCs (with non-glycated hemoglobin) take their place.

This test may be used to screen for and diagnose diabetes or risk of developing diabetes. Standards of medical care in diabetes from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) state that diabetes may be diagnosed based on A1c criteria or plasma glucose criteria, either the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) or the 2-hour plasma glucose value after a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

This test is also used to monitor treatment for someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes. It helps to evaluate how well the person's glucose levels have been controlled by treatment over time. For monitoring purposes, an A1c of less than 7% indicates good glucose control and a lower risk of diabetic complications for the majority of diabetics.

A1c; HbA1c; Glycohemoglobin; Glycated Hemoglobin; Glycosylated Hemoglobin; Hemoglobin A1c.

Diabetes

HbA1C is tested to help identify those at an increased risk of developing diabetes and to help diagnose diabetes; to monitor a person's diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions. As part of a health checkup or when you have risk factors for or symptoms of diabetes; after first diagnosis with diabetes, 4 times per year if glycemic goals are not met or when therapy plan has changed; at least 2 times a year if meeting treatment goals and under stable glycemic control.

Screening and diagnosis

HbA1c may be ordered as part of a health checkup or when someone is suspected of having diabetes because of classical signs or symptoms of increased blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) such as:

  • Increased thirst and drinking fluids
  • Increased urination
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing infections

The A1c test may also be considered in adults who are overweight with the following additional risk factors:

  • Physical inactivity
  • First-degree relative (sibling or parent) with diabetes
  • High-risk race/ethnicity (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Abnormal lipid profile (low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides)
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • History of cardiovascular diseases
  • Other clinical conditions associated with insulin resistance

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends to begin HbA1c testing at age 45 for overweight or obese people; if the result is normal, the testing should be repeated at a minimum of 3-year intervals, with consideration of more frequent testing depending on initial results and risk status.

People who are not diagnosed with diabetes but are determined to be at increased risk for diabetes (prediabetes) should have HbA1c testing yearly.

Monitoring

Depending on the type of diabetes that a person has, how well that person's diabetes is controlled, and on the healthcare provider's recommendations, the A1c test may be measured 2 to 4 times each year. The ADA recommends A1c testing for diabetics at least twice a year if they are meeting treatment goals and under stable glycemic control. When someone is first diagnosed with diabetes or if control is not good, HbA1c may be ordered quarterly.

A lab tech will take a sample of your blood from a vein in your arm or the back of your hand. You may feel a slight sting when the needle pricks through your skin.

It may feel a little bit sore afterward, but you can go straight back to your everyday activities.

Your doctor?s office will send the blood sample to a lab to be analyzed. You should get the results in a few days, depending on how fast the lab and your doctor?s office can work.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in the body and is made by the liver. Cholesterol is also present in foods we eat. People need cholesterol for the body to function normally. Cholesterol is present in membranes (walls) of every cell in the body, including the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, intestines, and heart. too much cholestrol is dangerous to health heart

The hormone that helps the body use sugar (glucose) for energy is called insulin.

Insulin is made by the body in the pancreas and when the body cannot produce enough insulin on its own, it needs to be taken by injection or other means.

Everyone who has type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes) must take some form of insulin therapy. Some people with type 2 diabetes will also need insulin supplementation. There are different types of insulin available, and they differ in chemical structure and how long they last in the body

Yes, but fruits should be consumed in moderation, as some contain high amounts of fructose that can severely affect your blood sugar levels.

Triglycerides are lipids. They are a main component of fat and are used to store energy. They circulate in the blood so that your body can easily access them.

Your blood triglyceride levels rise after you eat food. They decrease when you?ve gone a while without food.

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. You get some from the food you eat, and your body makes some. Your levels of triglycerides may also be high with other conditions such as diabetes, pre-diabetes, or heart problems such as high blood pressure. If you?re overweight and have a large waistline, you?re also at risk for high levels. Your triglycerides are more likely to be high if you have one or more of these health issues: high levels of LDL -- the ?bad? cholesterol -- or low levels of HDL - the ?good? cholesterol.

Take note that testing equipment like blood glucose meters, which can be bought over the counter, cannot diagnose diabetes. You should consult a physician to get a proper diagnosis.

Extreme thirst, Frequent urination and Fatigue. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are related to high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).

Symptoms may not be present at first because type 2 diabetes can develop gradually over time. High blood sugar levels can result in symptoms including thirst, frequent urination, tiredness, listlessness, nausea, and dizziness. If the blood sugar levels are extremely high, symptoms may escalate to confusion, drowsiness, and even loss of consciousness (diabetic coma, which is a medical emergency).