My age has never really mattered....until now. I wonder if this is my half life? If I will make it to 80? More important...will I make it to 80 with out any diabetes- related complications?
Some researchers are using HbA1c as a marker of aging - the higher the HbA1c the faster the aging.
Basically, red blood cells are glycated - sugar 'sticks' to them. The same thing happens to other proteins in your body. Once those proteins are 'glycated' they become distorted and can't be used or, if they are used, the proteins no longer function properly.
Another reason to keep your blood sugars as close to normal as possible.