I have a fasting glucose level of 83 which I


Q: I have a fasting glucose level of 83 which I read is normal, but an A1c level of 5.9 . Am I considered prediabetic?


A:   Hello,
Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com

I understand your concern.
HbA1C levels indicate the average of sugar values over the past 3 months. So a normal FBS can't completely rule out Diabetes if HBA1C is high. Value between 5.7- 6.5 is considered to be pre-diabetic. However, before being alarmed, I advise you to repeat the test because some studies say that the values don't reflect the exact value (being either a percentage higher or lower). So a repeat test will be helpful.

If you’re in the early stages of the disease, small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference and even reverse diabetic results. Losing a few pounds or starting an exercise program can move you into the non-diabetic camp. So do not worry. Kindly visit your physician who can suggest a healthy diet for you and also advise on other lifestyle modifications.

Hope this was helpful.

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