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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Wroten

Understanding A1C

A1C is a measurement of glycated hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein found in our blood, and glycated means the sugar that surrounds the protein. Basically this is measuring the amount of sugar coated blood protein. A1C is a 3 month average, so if you have ~5 or lower, glycated hemoglobin is in normal ranges. Once you begin to hit 5.7-6.4, this is the pre-diabetic range. As your blood sugar becomes higher, arteries are affected. The high amount of sugar in the blood damages the inside of the artery, creating inflammation that the body tries to heal with plaque, causing artery obstruction. The brain and nerves are affected, leading to nerve death, neuropathy, and issues like dementia. The eyes are affected by high blood sugar, causing issues like cataracts and retinal damage. The kidneys, which filter the blood, are also damaged, leading to blood filtration issues. If your A1C is high, what are some steps you can take that will actively slow or stop it?

  • Lower Carbs - this step is the most important. It’s easy for us to understand that desserts and sugary snacks raise blood sugar, but it’s also about potato chips, crackers, popcorn, and other carbs. It’s the fact that carbs break down into sugars so quickly that makes them hard on our body. A low-carb, high-healthy-fat diet is the best way for most people to bring down their blood sugar.

  • Intermittent Fasting - this is the idea of eating in an 8 hour window each day. This gives time for your body to catch up with the demands of life without having to worry about processing more food.

  • Add B1 - vitamin B1 is needed to process blood sugar, so as it becomes higher, there is less and less of it to do the job that needs to be done. Start by taking our Bio-B Complex and adding 1 tablet per day.

  • Add ProOmega Blood Sugar - this formulation from Nordic Naturals combines concentrated omega-3s EPA and DHA with alpha-lipoid acid and chromium to support normal insulin and glucose levels.

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