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🍬 Blood Sugar & Diabetes WARNING: Hemoglobin A1c Is NOT Reliable
Specifically, it’s about how current blood testing to see if you have “high blood” sugar is actually not very accurate.
This is personally very important to me as well because it affected my own blood tests a few year ago.
I did a blood test and it showed “high” A1c levels, which put me in the ‘diabetic’ range.
Different Ways Of Testing Blood Sugar
There are different ways to test your blood sugar and thus, potentially predict and/or prevent diabetes. In addition to simply living a healthier and longer life, by having healthy and optimal blood sugar levels.
Fasting Blood Sugar/Glucose Levels (FBG)
The most common is the fasting blood glucose tests (FBG). Basically, you don’t eat anything for at least 8 hours and then do a blood test and they see your fasting “glucose” levels. This is typically done first thing in the morning. You see this all the time with a regular blood test
Healthy levels are between 70-100 mg/dL. I prefer it to be on the lower end of this.
Unfortunately, this way does NOT tell you how things work in the REAL world – how your body deals with sugar after you eat a regular meal.
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
In this situations, you’re given sugar, about 75 grams of glucose dissolved in water. You drink and then your blood sugar is test at 1 and 2 hours to see how your body handles all of this sugar.
I don’t like this method either because in the real world, nobody has 32 oz (4 cups) of soda or something else with that much glucose… all at once… by itself … and without any other food.
Thus, this isn’t very reliable.
Post Meal Blood Sugar
This is how diabetics do it. You eat a meal, you do a blood tests with a simple glucometer and you see what your blood sugar levels are after your meal.
This is more accurate in my opinion because this is the REAL world.
Of course, the average person isn’t going to be doing this. However, this is how I do it with my professional athletes.
Hemoglobin A1c test has become more popular over the past 10-15 years. This is done because its thought to be more accurate and reliable than the “fasting blood glucose” (FBG) test.
And also a lot cheaper and easier than the older, “oral glucose tolerance test” (OGTT).
Basically, A1c is a “snapshot” or the “average” blood sugar levels for the past 60-90 days.
Specifically, the A1c test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
In theory, this makes sense and seems like a better indicator. Unfortunately, there’s a big problem with A1c levels that most people won’t tell you and your doctors doesn’t know.
Why A1c Is Not Reliable
The main problem is that how long your hemoglobin survives, varies greatly in people. And, I’ve seen this in my professional athletes many years ago, including myself.
For example, one study1 in Diabetes Journals, showed that red blood cells live longer than average at normal blood sugars. Researchers found that the lifetime of hemoglobin cells of diabetics turned over in as few as 81 days, while they lived as long as 146 days in non-diabetics.
This proves that the assumption that everyone’s red blood cells live for three months is false, and that hemoglobin A1c can’t be relied upon as a blood sugar marker.
In a person with normal blood sugar, hemoglobin will be around for a lot longer, which means it will accumulate more sugar.
THUS, in normal, non-diabetic people, this will drive up the A1c test result – but it doesn’t mean that the person had too much sugar in their blood.
It just means their hemoglobin lived longer and thus, accumulated more sugar.
The result is that people with normal blood sugar often test with unexpectedly high A1c levels.
I test for:
Fasting Blood Glucose
Post-Meal Blood Sugar (3 meals daily for 3 days)
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