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HbA1c: A Window into Blood Sugar Control

Gabriel Cerono M.D.
5 min read

What is HbA1c?

HbA1c, also known as Glycated Hemoglobin, serves as a crucial biomarker that offers insights into the average blood sugar levels maintained over the past two to three months. This glycated form of hemoglobin is formed when glucose in the blood attaches to the red blood cells, reflecting long-term blood sugar control.

Why is it important?

The HbA1c test is vital in providing a comprehensive understanding of an individual's blood sugar regulation over an extended period. Maintaining HbA1c levels below 6.5% significantly reduces the risk of debilitating complications such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney damage, emphasizing the critical role of HbA1c in proactive diabetes management.

How can YOUTH measure your HbA1c levels?

YOUTH's cutting-edge technology harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to detect subtle signs of high blood sugar levels in the anterior segment of the eye, including broken blood vessels and alterations in pupil size. Through analysis of external eye photographs and videos, YOUTH can predict HbA1c levels, aiding in early detection and management of diabetes. (Note: The current technology accuracy stands at 70%, with HbA1c prediction marked as Beta in the results section. Our team is actively working on enhancing AI precision.)

Understanding Optimal HbA1c Levels

Optimal HbA1c levels are categorized as follows:

  • Normal: Less than 5.7%
  • Pre-diabetes: 5.7% - 6.4%
  • Diabetes: 6.5% or above

Managing HbA1c Levels: Secret Hack

A brief 10-minute walk after meals can reduce blood sugar levels by a remarkable 22%. Implementing this simple routine on a daily basis can significantly contribute to maintaining optimal HbA1c levels, promoting overall well-being and long-term health.

General Tips:

  1. Regularly monitor blood sugar levels to track fluctuations and trends.
  2. Adopt a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support stable blood sugar levels.
  3. Engage in regular physical activities such as walking, jogging, or cycling to enhance insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar control.
  4. Minimize consumption of sugary and processed foods, which can lead to sudden spikes in blood sugar levels and pose a risk for long-term health complications.

Empowering Health Through Personalized Action Plans

In the event of elevated HbA1c levels, our comprehensive health plan offers tailored action points to effectively manage and regulate blood sugar levels, ensuring optimal health and vitality. With an emphasis on proactive lifestyle adjustments and early intervention, our program aims to empower individuals in their journey toward better health and well-being.

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