I was just at a new (to me) general care practitioner. She said they don’t do HbA1c unless the fasting blood sugar is high.
I think you’re correct that HbA1c is the indicator for diabetes, but you only get it taken if you have higher blood sugar.
I can see the argument that fasting glucose = indicator of diabetes, but I wonder how true this is? I’ve seen results of a Kraft test where the person’s glucose response was great (glucose barely budged), but their insulin response was horrendous – way high. Could focusing on fasting glucose alone miss someone like that?
Maybe there’s a group where high fasting glucose = diabetes, but another group where “normal” fasting glucose = diabetes (or maybe “overactive” pancreas?)?
I would love to go back to 10 years ago, and see what my HbA1c and fasting insulin were. I was just over the “fasting” blood glucose (101) back then, but no one said anything. But I’d bet good money that my HbA1c was bad and my fasting insulin was terrible.
Alas, I didn’t even know what those terms were 10 years ago.
I think HbA1c, glucose, and fasting insulin should be the minimum you get. No one pays attention to insulin, when that might be the best marker, HbA1c next, glucose last. Which one do they use? Glucose. Only, unless it’s high. And they never take insulin. I had to ask for it.