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Does chronic meth use cause glycation of hb hba1c?

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does chronic meth use raise a1c
Posted Fri, 8 Mar 2013 in Drug Abuse
Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 2 hours later
it is true that meth causes glycation of HB Hba1c). However methglycated hemoglobin is NOT good for the body in the long run. It causes the immune system to respond dramatically to this methamphetamine-induced glycation, which may lead to vascular inflammation and deterioration if left untreated.
HbA1c remains a proven measure for the effectiveness of management of diabetes mellitus. In your case, taking your drugs as prescribed by your physician remains the mainstay in the management. Evidence based recommendations with respect to correct physician prescribed drug use and control of risk factors like exercise, diet are mainstays in the management.
As of now, METH is NOT recommended for use in Diabetes mellitus and could instead be very detrimental.
Thanks and hope this helps,
Luchuo, MD.
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