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There are many factors that could be affecting blood sugar levels. The most common are diet and activity patterns, but there also can be other factors, such as stress or a recent infection, even a simple viral infection.
When there has only been two numbers, it is difficult to make definitive statements about the overall pattern, as this last number may reflect unusual circumstances. In this situation, using a HgbA1c level can help. The HgbA1c reflects the overall average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. If you are usually running blood sugars in the normal range and only occasional levels around 104, then the HgbA1c will be completely normal. However, if you are more commonly running blood sugars that are slightly high, then the HgbA1c will also be slightly high.
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HgbA1c levels of 5.8 and 5.7 are mildly high, which would indicate that you are commonly running blood sugars that are mildly high.
This cannot be explained by the lab mixing the blood samples. It is exceedingly rare for a lab to mix two person's blood, and for it to happen on two HgbA1c tests would be even more extraordinary. And even in the rare case of two mix-ups, the odds that they could mix the blood with two other people with similar mild elevations in HgbA1c would be statistically virtually impossible.
At this point, this would be considered pre-diabetes, which means that you do not currently have diabetes, but are at risk of developing into diabetes over time. The key interventions at this point would be eating a healthy diet, getting regular aerobic exercise, and achieving or maintaining ideal body weight.
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It is impossible to know this far after the fact. Since your HgbA1c is slightly high, your blood sugar would not have been this low on most days. But the diet and activity levels of a couple days before that lab test probably caused that particular morning to be better.
I addressed that above.
Not if it is 74 consistently, which is why I said what i said above.
It is not a problem. It indicates that your blood sugar is running slightly high most of the time, even if it is low on some days. But the extent to which the HgbA1c is an issue/problem is the same (in terms of the risk of evolving into diabetes noted above), regardless of the blood sugar obtained on that day.
I understand that (or you could not have possibly been concerned about the lab confusing the specimens). The above answers are with that understanding.
Yes, for the reasons that I noted above.