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Thread: What's your hba1c?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    What's your hba1c?

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    I admit it, I'm a bit obsessed. I read a few years back about the hba1c test - which is bascially a long-term bloody sugar test. It measures 'glycosolated' haemoglobin - in other words, how much glucose has attached itself to red blood cells over (about) the previous 3 months. So it's a pretty good measure of your ongoing glucose metabolism. A high hba1c also seems to be correlated with rate of heart attack.

    So I was a bit concerned to see that my latest one (after 6 months primal) was 5.4% when a year previously it was 5.1%.

    This website:
    puts the normal range at 3.5% - 5.5% !!!

    So I'm kind of interested what other PBers a1c values are, and whether anyone has had success in deliberately reducing theirs. (I've started heavy weights in the last few months in an effort to improve mine).

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    2,790 im curious what mine is lol

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    My last result was 5.2. Down from a high of 8.3 (last December).
    Melissa Fritcher - 330/252/150
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Pasadena, CA
    Here are mine:

    2 months pre-Primal - 7.8
    1 month post-Primal - 5.9

    My next test is mid-October. My HbA1c was often in the 9 - 11 range in the last few years, often because I could not afford my meds without insurance (unemployed for 8 months one stretch, 9 months another). Now, I have discontinued or drastically cut back most of my diabetes medications after kicking carbs to the curb! My goal is to get into the 4's by next summer.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
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    Mine is 5.4 at last check (six months ago) which is significantly better than 8.1, which is what it was a little over a year ago when I first started Primal. Anything under 6.0 is decent. Relax; 5.4 is fine.
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