Doctors can measure how much sugar has bound to proteins over a three to four month period using a glycated hemoglobin test. This test measures the amount of sugar that is attached to hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells. Hemoglobin circulates in the blood for about three months, so by looking at the amount of sugars that have attached to hemoglobin, doctors have a good indication of how much sugar has bound to other proteins. This is an indication of your overall blood sugar control for that period of time. If the hemoglobin carries a lot of glucose, then there’s a good chance that proteins in blood vessels have suffered some damage as well. On the other hand, hemoglobin without much bound sugar means that you had good blood sugar control and have a lower risk of tissue damage. Individuals with diabetes should have their hemoglobin screened several times a year to make sure their treatment plan is working.
Yes. The full name is “glycosolated hemoglobin A1c” test. We shorten it to A1c.
There are conversion charts and widgets that will allow you to calculate how your A1c percentage translates to an average blood sugar level.
So if my surgar spikes during exercise do I control it through drink wey protein and personal trainers concern themselves with the weight loss and keeping diet. I went through a time where I worked out 2 hours a day lost 30 pounds and my AC1 was 6.8 from 7 but did not eat anything during the work out only after; I am starting up again but I have read to stabelize its better to eat during.
One more question please if the dry sauna shrinks your blood vessels and opens your pours could that explain a spike one hour later because I had plain oatmeal and tomato juice and a banna for breakfast and after the work out a grilled chicken sandwhich on whole wheat and diet drink between 3 and fours hours later
Spikes during or after exercise can be caused by the liver dumping glycogen in response to stress hormones (adrenaline), depending on the duration of exercise & how strenuous it is. This happens to Type 1s–often high BG, followed by a drop later. Noticed that you’re a Type 2.
Your best plan is to test before, during & after exercise to learn what the the effect of eating or drinking whey protein has on you. Everyone responds differently.
There are many discussions here on the effects of exercise on BG.
Saunas do not cause blood vessels to constrict. It’s the opposite. The heat of saunas causes blood vessels to dilate. Dehydration from sweating in a sauna would explain spikes, so be sure to drink sufficient water. Oatmeal, tomato juice & a banana is a high carb breakfast that could be responsible for a spike.
I agree with everything that she said. Great tips, Gerri, as usual.