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morrisolder
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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months


jan-lee wrote:

Dr said, "Good job, keep it up, find out what you can/cannot eat with more testing".  I know pizza is gone and sweet potato fries.  I'm gonna miss my friends!!


Your doctor seems to know more about diabetes than many other doctors... basically he said the same thing as I did!  (Either that or we both don't know too much!)

 

You may find that pizza or sweet potato fries in moderation are not totally off limits.That is part ofwhat the testing is for... 

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
A bit dated, but scroll down on this page if you want to know more ...


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robr6465
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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

Just joined the forum today and your story just motivated me to get my act together. My A1C as of last month is 7.9 and i want to get it under 6.0 and lose about 30lbs. My issue is i don't know what foods are the right foods. I don't eat veggies but not a sweets person. I make excuses to exercise but lately i feel so tired/bloated. My oldest son is getting married on 8/19 and i want to look good for wedding in a sharp suit.

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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months


robr6465 wrote:

Just joined the forum today and your story just motivated me to get my act together. My A1C as of last month is 7.9 and i want to get it under 6.0 and lose about 30lbs. My issue is i don't know what foods are the right foods. I don't eat veggies but not a sweets person. I make excuses to exercise but lately i feel so tired/bloated. My oldest son is getting married on 8/19 and i want to look good for wedding in a sharp suit.


Well if we define the "right foods" negatively, they are the ones that don't impact your blood sugar excessively. Yes vegetables are key here, but also protein, such as meat, eggs, cheese, and basically any food that is not primarily carbohydrates. So your sweets and starches, are most problematic, but consider that even yogurt, milk, beans and fruits all have carbs as well. You can never eliminate carbs entirely, but limiting them moves your blood sugar in the right direction.  Eating carbs in combination always with protein, fat or fiber helps as well.

 

Side bonus--many of the people here have found an unexpected welcome side effect to limiting carb consumption--weight loss.It doesn't work that way for every one, but seems to for a significant minority...

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
A bit dated, but scroll down on this page if you want to know more ...


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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

Hello..all...I am replying because I do not see a place where I can start a new message...

Diagnosed on 3/8/12 with T2

A1c :  6.7,

fasting BS:  135

 

Doc put me on 550 M Metformin which I take after my evening meal.  Numbers are running 107-114 in the am - 112, 114, 125, etc. during the day.

 

However, tonight after 6 weeks, I just plain got tired of it all and ate spaghetti - whole wheat with my own sauce I made during the winter - boy, was it good!  Now i am worried - will one meal being so "naughty" ruin all my hard work?   

 

Judy

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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

Judy, I replied to your other post.

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Dec'09 A1c: 5.5 F 80
Jun'10 A1c: 5.4 F 82
Dec'10 A1c: 5.2 F 71 wt 160 lbs
Jun'11 A1c: 5.3 F 76
Mar'12 A1c: 5.5 F 80
Dec'12 A1c: 5.1 F 70
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Aug'14 A1c: 5.4 F 78
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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months


ocalagal wrote:

Hello..all...I am replying because I do not see a place where I can start a new message...

Diagnosed on 3/8/12 with T2

A1c :  6.7,

fasting BS:  135

 

Doc put me on 550 M Metformin which I take after my evening meal.  Numbers are running 107-114 in the am - 112, 114, 125, etc. during the day.

 

However, tonight after 6 weeks, I just plain got tired of it all and ate spaghetti - whole wheat with my own sauce I made during the winter - boy, was it good!  Now i am worried - will one meal being so "naughty" ruin all my hard work?   

 

Judy


No  one meall will not ruin all your hard work!  It might make your blood glucose numbers go higher than you want that day, or evening, but you should be back to your usual the next day.  And as long as you get back to your better habits, the damage will be only temporary...

 

How was your blood sugar after your meal?

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
A bit dated, but scroll down on this page if you want to know more ...


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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

wow that is great...... what did you eat? I am not doing any refined carbs at all.... one month diagnosed  just had blood work done again waiting to see if anything changed in a month......

only thing that is new is i am urinating a lot  with like a pressure  dr does not think it is related but took urine sample

 

my starting numbers were bs 106

A1C 5.8

I think insulin # 10?

 

 

 

I would love to hear more about how you did it with food and what kind of exercise?

i weigh 110 so i really dont need to lose weight

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pattibarnard
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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

wow that is great...... what did you eat? I am not doing any refined carbs at all.... one month diagnosed  just had blood work done again waiting to see if anything changed in a month......

only thing that is new is i am urinating a lot  with like a pressure  dr does not think it is related but took urine sample

 

my starting numbers were bs 106

A1C 5.8

I think insulin # 10?

 

 

 

I would love to hear more about how you did it with food and what kind of exercise?

i weigh 110 so i really dont need to lose weight

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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months

I abused my body for many years with drugs and sugar. I lost over 100 lbs in a year, wasted away to nothing. I was dxed last sept with a 14.3 a1c and sugar of 423. I immediately changed to a sugarless diet, eating salads, lean meats, eggs, and other protiens. Last jan, I had a followup test, my a1c was down to 5.4. Im glad you got yours down too, I just wish now I had known years ago, im on janumet 50/1000 2x a day, and lantus at night. Since getting under control, ive gained 15 lbs back, have good muscle tone, and feel better than I have in years. I still have bad days, stress is a spiker for me, but im on an antideppressant thats being used in lower doses to control my neuropathy in my legs.
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Re: From an AC1 of 8.5 to 5.3 in 3 months



jan-lee wrote:

Just got the results of my new blood work from the lab and my AC1 is 5.3.  I have basically cut carbs to nothing and I am SO tired!!!  I only test with the meter in the morning and at night (per the doctor once I asked about testing) and my numbers are around 90-100.  I don't know if I have cut out too many carbs and that is why I am so tired or if the feeling is normal until I get use to this new way of eating.  I have an appointment on Monday with the Dr. to go over all the results and will hear what she says but thought I would see if others had/have the same problem.  

 

I work out about 3x a week but it is so hard to get out of bed and I am dragging myself around all day just to get through work, dinner, kids to bed, etc.

 

Thanks!

 

Jan


 

I'm a little late; excuse me if I repeat something others have already written.

 

Congratulations on your success. I believe you can now start adding carbs back. You hit the nail on the head with this:

 

I only test with the meter in the morning and at night (per the doctor once I asked about testing) and my numbers are around 90-100.  I don't know if I have cut out too many carbs

 

There is no reason why you cannot test more often - the doctor's recommendation is a minimum, not a maximum. Most people use this technique to see where they must cut carbs, but it is equally effective in finding your limits as you add carbs back into the menu: Test, Review, Adjust

 

Try it and see :smileyhappy:

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