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Health note: HbA1c

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I am a type 2 diabetic, and about 10 weeks after switching to a whole-food plant-based diet, I was told by my doctor to discontinue the medications I had been taking for blood glucose control and for high blood pressure because (he said) I no longer needed them. I have not taken those meds for over a year.

I just received my latest HbA1c results. Readers with diabetes will be familiar with this measure, but for others, let me quote this post:

HbA1c is a term commonly used in relation to diabetes. This guide explains what HbA1c is, how it differs from blood glucose levels and how it’s used for diagnosing diabetes

What is HbA1c?

The term HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. It develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’.

By measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), clinicians are able to get an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months.

For people with diabetes this is important as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

HbA1c is also referred to as haemoglobin A1c or simply A1c

Definition:  HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin (A1c) , which identifies average plasma glucose concentration

How does HBA1c return an accurate average measurement of average blood glucose?

When the body processes sugar, glucose in the bloodstream naturally attaches to haemoglobin.

The amount of glucose that combines with this protein is directly proportional to the total amount of sugar that is in your system at that time.

Because red blood cells in the human body survive for 8-12 weeks before renewal, measuring glycated haemoglobin (or HbA1c) can be used to reflect average blood glucose levels over that duration, providing a useful longer-term gauge of blood glucose control.

If your blood sugar levels have been high in recent weeks, your HbA1c will also be greater. . .

That’s the background. My current HbA1c (having taking medication for blood glucose control for more than year) is (as of the test I took today) 5.3%.

There’s a link in the column at the right for details of the diet I follow, including a reading list that provides information about the voluminous research of the health benefits of such a diet.

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18 September 2020 at 9:38 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsberg just died. Will Mitch McConnell observe his rule?

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When Antonin Scalia died and Merrick Garland [correction] was nominated by then-president Barack Obama, Sen. McConnell said that the Senate could not consider a nomination so close to an election (which was a year off), and did not allow the Senate even to interview Gorsuch.

I have no doubt the Mitch McConnell will do all in his power to rush through the confirmation of a new Justice before the election two months from now.

Update: This profile of RBG is worth reading. It’s long, and it’s interesting.

Update: Also read this post by Kevin Drum, about how abortion has suddenly become a major issue in the 2020 campaign.

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18 September 2020 at 4:45 pm

Green tobacco, always great: Phoenix Artisan’s version is Alt-Eleven

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Alt-Eleven was Phoenix Artisan’s take on Alt-Innsbruck, a green-tobacco (flower) fragrance, which is found also in RazoRock’s Zi’ Peppino (on deck for tomorrow), Tcheon Fung Sing’s Tabaco Verde soap, and doubtless others. It’s a pleasant fragrance and a good soap, and that Vie-Long horsehair is a wonderful change-of-pace brush. It did a fine job, the knot just bushy with lather. I thoughtly enjoyed the experience.

And the iKon open-comb stainless is a wonderful razor: unassuming, but of the top rank, not to be underrated. Three comfortable passes later, I applied a small dab of Phoenix Artisan’s star jelly aftershave balm and feel reading for the day.

And today is nice — overcast with a threat of rain, but I have a umbrella. And note:

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18 September 2020 at 9:15 am

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