"For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c level is between 4% and 5.6%. Hemoglobin A1c levels between 5.7% and 6.4% mean you have a higher chance of getting diabetes. Levels of 6.5% or higher mean you have diabetes."
I don't have diabetes. I don't expect to have diabetes. Yet, for the past 3 or 4 years, each time I've had a blood test with my annual physical, the office calls and says my A1c is high, so "cut back on your carbs, blah blah..."
Yet again, after my checkup last week, I got the similar follow-up. A1c is 5.9%. Honestly, I have not cared a whole bunch. I don't think I overdo the carbs. Oh, I eat 'em, you betcha, but nothing crazy, I don't think. Plus, the levels have remained the same. High, but not increasing, so forgeddaboutit. Cholesterol's fine, but higher than I would expect too, so I started to wonder about things that can affect fasting blood tests.
Before my checkup last week, I'd gone for a lovely morning run of a little over 5 miles. I did a bit of googling. Well, what d'ya know? Exercise before a blood test can mess with your numbers, so in addition to fasting for 12 hours, you should just lay around. Who knew?
I came to this google revelation just as Magnum arrived home. I read to him:
"A workout before a fasting blood test can alter the results of cholesterol and glucose tests. In some cases of cholesterol testing, if you exercise before having blood drawn your LDL cholesterol levels may actually increase..."
"I never knew this! Why doesn't the doctor's office tell us?" I proclaimed all Wilford Brimley.
"Maybe because most people don't exercise?", Magnum offered.
Oh, c'mon. Well, either way. Now I know. And you do too.
Speaking of playing outside, we hit the mountain bike trails again this weekend. Rode the lovely Falcon Trail at the Air Force Academy. 13 miles of wonderful scenery, dirt, roots, rocks, and trees. This was our third attempt at this trail, and I felt I've improved over the last two. It's listed as a good trail for "advanced beginners". Okay, I'll take the oxymoron.
And speaking of higher learning, in news of college academia, I came across this photo from a football game over the weekend at Meego's esteemed university.
Okay, it's supposed to say "GO RAMS", but... okay...