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Consistent HBA1C with DIABETES in family. Should I worry?

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I have a hemoglobin aic of 5.6. It has been consistently 5.6 in the last three blood tests. Diabetes runs in my family but my doctor says it fine and I shouldn't worry. Do you agree?

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Hb A 1c is a reflection of the blood sugar levels in your body over the preceding 3 months. Your values of 5.6 come in the normal range and therefore I would like to firstly reassure you that your physician is correct in saying that you shoukd not worry.
An A1C level of 5.7 to 6.4 is called pre-diabetes, a value above 6.5 is diabetes. According to guidelines, physicians begin to treat HB A1C levels of more than 7 with anti-diabetes medication, but only after a trial of diet and liefstyle modification.
Therefore, despite your family history of diabetes, your current HB A1C level is normal.
Hope this helps, feel free to reply with any further queries that you may have,


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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