One of my clients prompted me to research this question: Can drinking water lower your A1C?
Now before I let you know what I found let’s set the stage by defining the term “A1C.”
Your A1C is determined by a blood test that provides an estimated average of what your blood sugar level has been over the past 2-3 months. In the medical community this term A1C is also referred to has Hemoglobin A1C, HbA1C, or glycated hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is the protein in your red blood cell that carries oxygen.
Glycated means that sugar in your blood stream has attached itself to the hemoglobin of your red blood cell.
This means that your A1C measures how much of your red blood cells have sugar attached to them. If your A1C test result is 7%, then 7% of your red blood cells have sugar attached to them.
And this score become a baseline measurement in helping to determine if you have diabetes, which is having too much sugar in your blood stream.
There are other blood tests and methods to determine if your blood sugar levels are too high. The following chart provides context to these measurements and methods and how they are reflected in determining if you have diabetes:
As you can see by the above chart you would want your A1C score to be as close to 5 as possible. Once you’re above 6 you’re considered to be prediabetic and 6.5 or higher diabetic.
Which now brings us back to my client’s question: Can Drinking Water Lower Your A1C? Read More →