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    A1C testing with issues
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    Bella2Ruby posted:
    A1C testing for new health insurance; I am iron deficient anemic and want to know how long should I take supplements before testing again for the A1C. Also, I was on steroids for pneumonia for 3 months and think that might also be playing into a 6.4 reading for pre-diabetes. Can anyone suggest how to prepare for a test in 2 days with this issue?
    Thank you!
     
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    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello.

    I think a call to your doctor and/or pharmacist would get you better results than posting this question here. Most of us are not doctors or medical professionals, and I think that is who would answer this question best.
    Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    Dave
     
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    auriga1 responded:
    There is no way to prepare for an A1C in two days. The A1C is a measure taken of your blood glucose levels for the past three months.

    Steroids will raise your blood glucose levels. If those steroids were taken very recently, you will probably have a higher than normal A1C. Is there any way to explain this regarding the new health insurance? Any way of putting it off until things get back to normal?
     
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    Bella2Ruby replied to auriga1's response:
    Thank you for the reply to both of you and I guess I will keep my current insurance and not apply for new insurance until it is out of my system. I appreciate the advice. Sincerely, Bella
     
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    brunosbud responded:
    "...steroids for pneumonia..."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22156902

    "...According to the current evidence, there are no data to support the well tolerated use of systemic steroids as a standard of care in pneumonia, neither in mild-to-moderate and severe, nor in bacterial and viral infection...In addition, adverse effects, namely hyperglycemia, superinfections, as well as increased length-of-stay, were frequent findings in the steroid-treated patients..."



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