I'm pretty sure this was the A1C test. I know it has to be done again. The # was 121. Just how high is that? Is it "watch it high". Start meds High. I guess it's not panic high. My better Doc hasn't seen it yet. The Doc who saw it simply said try to get more exercise, and lose some weight.
I'm a little familiar with diabetes because my father had it. But he died in 1976 so I don't know what the numbers mean. I know what's not good to eat. My problem is I have so many med issues staying away from the bad foods is going to be very hard. I may have to take meds.. Someone please help.
An A1C above 6.5% is considered in the diabetes range. Normal blood glucose levels are generally below 140. WIldcat
14 Sep 2014
I could use more advice since the Docs haven't helped at all. Such as what would I feel like if I eat the wrong things and my sugar goes too high? I felt so sick a few nights ago I almost went to the ER. I ate pancakes made with white flour. I then became very cold, and shaky. A few hours later I was better. If I'm going to use some bread for a chicken sandwich, isn't whole wheat the best, or no? I don't eat dairy products except in coffee and cereal. I got in the habit of half and half. Is that super terrible?
I'm fighting a lot of illnesses at once, and the 2 Doc's I use aren't very helpful. The extreme exhaustion is a major problem to live with. Maybe diabetes is causing this? If I don't eat Raisin Bran cereal, I can't have BM's. They told me diverticula causes this.
Can anyone offer advice?
10 Sep 2014
Thor. You have quite a few battles going on. You need to balance protein with carbohydrates, the white flour and muffins, and so forth. There is help out there. I don't know where you live, but any church can help find food for you. Clothes are there as well and these things are free. Do what it takes to get to any church, you don't have to be part of it and ask for help. In the US and many countries there are social services available to help. Libraries have free internet. If you are going to be on the streets go to a shelter instead. We have free dental clinics in USA and so do other countries. Sometimes they are once a year. Some dentists offer free service for people needing help like you. You need a friend to get you places. Volunteers are there as well.
9 Sep 2014
A normal A1C is 4.0- 5.7. Pre-diabetes is 5.8-6.4% and diabetes is 6.5% or higher (and these numbers may give or take a 10th of a percent from lab to lab) but even really high is usually less than 15%. I think one of the highest I've seen is around 13% so 121 is probably your actual blood glucose level which is higher than normal. Normal is less than 100 so at 121 you are a little high and if that is a pretty normal level for you your A1C would be somewhere in the 6. (something)% area. Probably around 6.4% or so but if you have higher spikes under non fasting conditions (I assume this 121 reading was fasting?) your A1C may be higher.
The main things to watch are carbs, especially simple carbs-things that are sugary or starchy-white flour products, things made with sugar, alcohol, potatoes, rice, corn-things like that so it shouldnt really affect your ability to eat food-you just have to be more careful about what you eat and choose limited carbs that have high nutrient value like fruits, whole grain products etc have more nutritional value than say candy or white flour products which would be higher in sugar and starch and have less nutrients for the amount of carbs they contain.
9 Sep 2014
Its not the A1C. A number that high would have freaked out even the calmest dr. That was your FBS. They don't do A1Cs unless you are a known or suspected diabetic. 121 is only a small bit elevated and it will have to be watched, but nothing more. Sometimes medications you are on can elevate it too. A little more exercise and drinking plenty of water can very well lower it.
9 Sep 2014
That is your blood glucose level, not A1c. 121 is high for a fasting glucose which i ndicates diabetes. Changing diet and losing weight is best aside from taking a med such as metformin.