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A1c question
2 years ago  ::  Oct 11, 2012 - 3:32PM #8
LeadSinger
Posts: 924
type2

I think that most docs look at an A1c of 7.0 (give or take) for T1 sufferers.  Most of us T2's though like to see what amount to "normal" numbers, i.e. under 6.0 .   "Normal" by docs is classed as between 4.0 and 5.8 if memory serves me correctly.  With the exception of a 6.0 reading back in June, I have kept my numbers in the 5 area for the past year (latest in Sept was 5.6).  I figure the variations are partly a function of my continued experimentation with various foods/portions as I keep trying to find the "perfect" balance (somehow, I doubt that I'll ever get there, but what the hey - life is in the living!).

2 years ago  ::  Oct 06, 2012 - 3:14PM #7
furball64801
Posts: 6,973

Oct 2, 2012 -- 9:36PM, bandito1047 wrote:


Thanks everyone.  Nancy, yes I am over weight, I am 5'4  184 lbs, but have lost 10 lbs so far.   I am exercising 5 or 6 days a week.   Going to curves 3 days a week and walking the remaining days.  I have seen a dietician and am checking my blood sugars, they have come down a lot.  My morning blood sugars are now under 100, and 2 hours after I eat they are around 120 ish.  So I expect my next A1c test to come in much lower.  It just seemed with some of the stories I have read from people starting out with much higher numbers that maybe I am not as bad off as I first thought.  I am hoping mine has been caught before too much damage has been done.  I am 41 years old and all my other tests came back fine.  I take 1000mg metformin twice a day.  I have not had any problems with hypo yet and my dr said with metformin I shouldn't if I am eating regularly.  I am hoping to lose another 30 lbs or so and then hopefully can manage this with less medication maybe?



way to go excellent work,   you will get there stay on course.        Metformin should never cause lows but can if you exercise to much and do not eat properly.         Keep doing what you are I think well on your way to good control,   as far as the medicine goes  I would be more concerned about getting and keeping good numbers so no damage does happen. 

2 years ago  ::  Oct 06, 2012 - 12:44PM #6
panmat1
Posts: 660

Weight loss was easier when I was first diagnosed vs. 20 years later. BTW I am 5' 3 1/4" Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Oct 02, 2012 - 9:36PM #5
bandito1047
Posts: 32

Thanks everyone.  Nancy, yes I am over weight, I am 5'4  184 lbs, but have lost 10 lbs so far.   I am exercising 5 or 6 days a week.   Going to curves 3 days a week and walking the remaining days.  I have seen a dietician and am checking my blood sugars, they have come down a lot.  My morning blood sugars are now under 100, and 2 hours after I eat they are around 120 ish.  So I expect my next A1c test to come in much lower.  It just seemed with some of the stories I have read from people starting out with much higher numbers that maybe I am not as bad off as I first thought.  I am hoping mine has been caught before too much damage has been done.  I am 41 years old and all my other tests came back fine.  I take 1000mg metformin twice a day.  I have not had any problems with hypo yet and my dr said with metformin I shouldn't if I am eating regularly.  I am hoping to lose another 30 lbs or so and then hopefully can manage this with less medication maybe?

2 years ago  ::  Oct 02, 2012 - 3:29PM #4
panmat1
Posts: 660

May I ask if you are over weight? Weight loss will make a big impact on blood sugars. I would also say exercise at least 30 minutes each day.I walk and do water aerobics. Do you  have an appointment to see a dietitian ? To set up a meal plan ? Read articles here,watch the videos.  Are you testing with a meter?   Lots to learn, it will be ok. I am 18 years a type 2! Doing fine. Welcome to D life! 

2 years ago  ::  Oct 02, 2012 - 11:03AM #3
bonny
Posts: 966
type2

Bandito,


To make my point easier to understand, please check out this article (if you have not seen it yet). Please click on this link:


www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2012/09/24/7...


My diagnosis fasting blood sugar reading in July 1991 was a sky-high 468 mg/dl (the equivalent A1c was about double yours). This very bad reading meant that I should be on several anti-diabetes pills. I refused to take them because a friend had told me that they cause hypo episodes. As soon as I passed the stress test I was required to take, I started running our stairs in our house for a total time of 2 hours/day. In about 10 days, my blood sugar readings were already in the 130 mgl/dl range. Very very early in my life as a type 2, I already knew that daily exercise was the perfect anti-diabetes med for me.


Long story short, for more than 21 years now, daily exercise has kept me healthy, happy, productive, and having a long life. In fact, I keep on saying that since July 1991, I have been enjoying life like I have no diabetes.


So, my message to you, a newly diagnosed type 2, is that you can discover, like I did, your own special, unique, effective, safe, easy, and inexpensive way to control your diabetes.


Don't be afraid of eating-high carb foods which are heart-healthy, natural, fresh (raw or cooked), unprocessed, and whole. Yes they do cause scary high fasting and 2-hour after-meal blood sugar readings but they have yet to cause diabetes complications for me. I have not had any hypo episodes yet, and most of the A1c's I had were from 5.2% to 6.3%, the one done on August 28, 2012, was 5.6%.


Am I encouraging you to eat high-carb meals? No, never. All I am saying is that nobody is in a better position to understand your body and what is perfectly good for it than you.


Enjoy life always!!!


Bonny Damocles (76 1/2 years old, 5'7", 141 lbs.)



2 years ago  ::  Oct 02, 2012 - 9:53AM #2
furball64801
Posts: 6,973

Hi and welcome to dlife   well first doctors  do not have diabetes you do.      To me 7.4 is to high,  its like playing Russian Roulette with a loaded gun.    It means your average bs is 165  at all times or higher.   Damage  is believed to start above 140 by endo doctors who specialize in diabetes.    So to me  no its not the worst but  normal is 100 so you can see it can stand to come down some.      If you have not reduced your carb intake it would help you tremendously,  carbs=sugar   in other words carbs in  equals sugar or higher bs out.    More protein,  green veggies and healthy fats reduce blood sugar readings.  

2 years ago  ::  Oct 01, 2012 - 10:10PM #1
bandito1047
Posts: 32
I was just diagnosed type 2 about a month ago.  My A1c was 7.4.  If a score of below 7 is what doctors aim for how bad is 7.4 really in the scheme of things?  I have read some real horror stories of people not finding out about their diabetes until their numbers were much higher.  How bad off am I really?  Just curious, it seems things are not as bad as they seem.  Yes my blood sugar is high, but it seems we have discovered it before it got way out of control, or am I way off in my thinking?
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