HbA1c plus Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids

HbA1c plus Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids

The HbA1c test screens for and exposes indicators of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance (risk of developing diabetes), pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Higher Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios are implicated in depressed healing and order of magnitude greater risks for progression of cardiovascular diseases. Balancing Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are highly consequential to key hormone prostaglandin production, reducing systemic inflammatory conditions and regaining optimal immune response in the body.
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Hemoglobin A1c
The A1c test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2 to 3 months. It does this by measuring the concentration of glycated (also often called glycosylated) hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin is an oxygen-transporting protein found inside red blood cells (RBCs). 
There are several types of normal hemoglobin, but the predominant form – about 95-98% – is hemoglobin A. As glucose circulates in the blood, some of it spontaneously binds to hemoglobin A. The hemoglobin molecules with attached glucose are called glycated hemoglobin. The higher the concentration of glucose in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin is formed. Once the glucose binds to the hemoglobin, it remains there for the life of the red blood cell – normally about 120 days. 
The predominant form of glycated hemoglobin is referred to as HbA1c or A1c. A1c is produced on a daily basis and slowly cleared from the blood as older RBCs die and younger RBCs (with non-glycated hemoglobin) take their place. 
The Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids tests absolute levels and ratios in measured blood values, specifically for:
Omega-3 Index (DHA + EPA)
– these n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are what your body needs to function properly but does not make. Humans can only get these fatty acids through food.  EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are found in seafood, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel or shellfish, and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) from processed sources such as flaxseed oils. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, have been shown to benefit and protect heart function from cardiovascular disease.
– these n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are also essential fats that your body needs to function properly but does not make. They are also only available through foods in our diet. Food sources of omega-6 fatty acids include many vegetables, seeds and nuts.  Omega 6 EFAs are also antagonistic to Omega 3 and can displace them in metabolic functions and hormone production.  It is there for VERY IMPORTANT to understand the relative ratio of Omega 6 to 3 EFAs present in foods, especially when foods proclaimed as being High Omega 3 in absolute measures are actually horribly high in Omega 6 levels as well, e.g. walnuts.
Ideal EFA foods are those with Omega 6:3 ratios of 4:1 or lower, with 1:1 ratios being ideal for cardio vascular health and reduced mortality risk factors.
Arachidonic acid
 – a polyunsaturated fatty acid present in the phospholipids (especially phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylcholine, and phosphatidylinositides) of membranes of the body's cells, and is abundant in the brain, muscles, and liver. In addition to being involved in cellular signaling as a lipid second messenger involved in the regulation of signaling enzymes, such as PLC-γ, PLC-δ, and PKC-α, -β, and -γ isoforms, arachidonic acid is a key inflammatory intermediate and can also act as a vasodilator.
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