Hi A1C

By runthe Latest Reply 2011-03-21 10:20:44 -0500
Started 2011-03-14 21:02:11 -0500

Hi all I just got back from the doctor and the news was not good. She point blank told me that my a1c was 13.8 and that it was almost a 14. I have tried dieting, lite exercising and even have lost some weight. I don't know what to do anymore. I got an increase of insulin again. She was happy that my blood pressure was good and that I lost weight. She don't think it might be the steroids and other medicine that I am taking for my RA. I am at my ends with this. I don't want to end up like my mom and her sisters dead because of the
complications from diabetes. Thanks for letting me vent.

31 replies

Nonna2Three 2011-03-18 14:24:38 -0500 Report

what are the chances of stopping the steroids for a time to test the effect on the BG? If you can stop taking steroids and the BG improves then your doctor would have to acknowledge that.
I don't know if this would work for you or not, but I have actually controlled my arthritis pain for years with a home remedy that i heard on Paul Harvey years ago. I was diagnosed with arthritis years ago and the meds they gave me wreaked havoc on my stomach so when the doctor wanted to add medicines for the stomach I decided to give the Paul Harvey remedy a try. It has worked for me and several people I have shared it with. Basically it is Raisin soaked in gin for 7 days.
WARNING: The gin soaked raisins do NOT taste good, but they work so I continue to use them to control my arthritis pain.

49 white raisins (I never found white so I used Golden raisins and they worked)
Gin (cheap Gin will do since you don’t drink it, it won’t matter)

Soak the raisins in the Gin for 7 days
Drain the Gin off and discard it
Eat 7 raisins per day for 7 days

NOTE: It took at least three rounds before I noticed any improvement. I ate raisins for 7 days, skipped 7, ate raisins for 7 etc. etc.

If you can try this and it helps then maybe you can eliminate some pharmaceutical drugs. It's always worth a try!

sherifawson 2011-03-17 10:59:59 -0500 Report

What is at the core of your beliefs about diabetes, weight, diet, and your own value? There is something deeper troubling you. True? I only say this because I developed Type 1 at age 30 after 20+ years of depression stemming from my childhood. I uncovered it and, while I am still diabetic, I am now happy and fulfilled. I wish the same for you.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-03-17 10:38:27 -0500 Report

My doctor would not give me steroids for lung infection because she said it Would make my sugar go up. I find that no bread, grains, cereals works best for me. I eat nuts but not peanuts. She thinks I need to avoid fresh tomatoes. All I know is my stomach swells and puffs out if I do eat them. So avoiding carbs of all kinds takes adjustment in thinking and planning, but after 3 months I'm better. You have done great. Get recharged. Go forth and conquer!

Dizzy65101 or Robin
Dizzy65101 or Robin 2011-03-17 04:19:48 -0500 Report

congratulations on your weight loss wayda go.thats a great accomplishment so give your self a hug a ataboy and some credit. the only thing I could maybe think of on the A1C is trying to reduse your carb intake for me my limit is 30-40 carbs a meal your might be a little more or a little less. good luck keep up the good work.thinking about you Robin

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-16 22:59:45 -0500 Report

Sorry you aare having such a frustrting time with your Dr. I haven't been on any steroids but have sure heard from a lot of people that they give them fits in trying to keep their A1c down. Hope you get some good support from your next visit at the daibetic clinic.

EJMac 2011-03-16 21:47:53 -0500 Report

Hi there
My heart went out to you. Give yourself alot of credit for losing weight and trying to do better. I have several health issues other than diabetes and everything seems to affect my blood sugars-even worry & stress. I am on insulin too and still in the learning curve. We all know the challenges are difficult at times, but we are all pulling for you. I have to take it a day at a time-otherwise it gets too oeverwhelming. Take care. You got alot of good ideas from others. Please keep us posted.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-03-16 21:20:40 -0500 Report


Just wanted to let you know that I read your post and want to offer you some support. I will keep you in my thoughts. I would encourage you to stay focused on working closely with your doctor and taking the best possible care of yourself.


cograndma 2011-03-15 13:45:56 -0500 Report

here is what my doctor did and I lost 20lbs in 6 months. For breakfast and lunch drink a glucerna meal replacement shake. For dinner have a lean cuisine or weight watchers prepackaged meal under 500 calories. ( look at only calories at this point) for your morning/afternoon snacks eat fresh vegetables ( precut/pre package your portion sizes).. as time went on I got sort of tired of only the vegetables, so I added some fresh fruit that I knew would be low in sugar and not raise my numbers (trial and error works)… My doc said to not worry about anything else except calories listed on the packaged meals for the time being. Just concentrate on slowly loosing weight..once the weight came off you could worry more about carbs/sugars…
you don't have to worry about the cost, because you are replacing your meals with the glucerna. Hope this helps…

runthe 2011-03-15 19:23:00 -0500 Report

Thanks cograndma I have bags of glucerma shakes that I got from my sis-in-law. I think I will try just drinking the shakes for breakfast and lunch and then eat lite for dinner. I will try anything to just get my blood sugars under control.

cograndma 2011-03-15 21:39:49 -0500 Report

Make sure that they are the meal replacement shakes, because they also make snack shakes…I love the vanilla, chocolate and butter cream..I don't like strawberry!! Good luck…and remember your morning, afternoon snacks.

Yasmina 2011-03-15 12:02:53 -0500 Report

JUst hang in there. Any change of medication, even an antibiotic can have an effect on your sugars. It is good that your blood pressure is good. It's also great that you lost some weight. That will add to the good things, try not to stress…that can also raise your sugars drastically. Go ahead and ventwhy we are here to listen, learn, share, and try to help each other.

runthe 2011-03-15 19:25:30 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. I will try not to stress so much. Dr put me on pills for depression to help me sleep at night.

Yasmina 2011-03-21 10:06:09 -0500 Report

Even the lack of sleep can affect your sugars. If I get not enough I can either run high or have the lows too much. It never fails to amaze me how different each reaction can be. It is never predictable. Calming music helps me to sleep sometimes, or I purchased an LED candle from Walmart and turn it on only at night to sleep. The warm, soft glow helps me to relax and to drop offf a little easier than the dark does. It might help. They run $3 for the small or $5 for the larger and run off of triple A batteries…3 of them.

jayabee52 2011-03-21 10:11:27 -0500 Report

I have a sound machine which generates surf sounds or the sounds of rain, or of wind in a forest. All basically white noise. I like the rain sounds. It masks the sounds of others in the apartments above and around me. I bought it at a Brookstone store about 10 yrs ago.

Yasmina 2011-03-21 10:20:44 -0500 Report

I have a waterfountain that does the same thing. Soft soothing sounds as well as forrest sounds and birds singing. I got it at a rummage sale and was surprised to find that it worked!

cograndma 2011-03-15 21:56:55 -0500 Report

I live alone, and can sympathize with you. I sometimes get so frustrated with all that is going on in my life that I just sit down and cry and pray… then I feel better.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-15 09:39:10 -0500 Report

Good Morning:) I just want to say that I was on steroids before for a diabetic ulcer I had, and IT DOES affect your blood sugars. A LOT. As for the high A1C, it takes time. You have to remember that an A1c is a test that dr's use to get an average of your bloodsugars have been for the last 3 months. So if you have high sugars, your more than likely going to get a high A1c. However, it also takes time for this to come down. (2-3 months) If your working at it…then dont worry! At least your making an effort and trying your best;) Just make sure to check sugars right before you eat and ALWAYS 2 hours after. This way, you can take unsulin if your sugar is spiking too high. I actually check mine an hour- to an hour and a half after eating so that it doesnt get too high. But everyone is different and everyones body reacts differently to how quickly it absorbs the carbs and the activities you are engaging in. I have a desk job, so usually after breakfast, my sugar goes al ittle higher than after dinner when Im at home and busy with the "home life"…lol. Hope this helps and hoping your feeling better about this than you did yesterday!

runthe 2011-03-15 19:27:24 -0500 Report

I feel better today than I did yesterday. I guess I was frustrated and felt like throwing in the towel. I think my doctor felt like I was giving up when I broke down and cried in her office.

cograndma 2011-03-15 13:49:49 -0500 Report

I agree, everyone is different and that is why this is a very frustrating disease. We just need to keep asking questions of others and know that we are not the only one out there with problems. We are all here to help with others with their problems and to celebrate others successes as well

runthe 2011-03-15 09:28:11 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your comments. I was thinking about stopping my RA meds for a while. When I tried that my joint then got warm and painful. The pain from having RA is somthing awful so I need my meds. Not only do I have RA but fibromyalgia to. I take so many types of meds and shots for them. My Rheumatologist don't want to take me off my meds yet. Doctor wants me to get back on metformin along with the insulin. But worrys about the affect of taking th e metformin because of my stomach.

tabby9146 2011-03-15 09:11:54 -0500 Report

My allergy doc has wanted to give me shots before with steroids and warns me m BS sill go up 'some' he says, but I have always worried about just how much, so I never take them.

tabby9146 2011-03-15 09:11:22 -0500 Report

sorry for your report, good thing BP is good. Is there not any other medicine you can take for your RA? (sorry I don't know too much about RA) surely there is something that can be done. good that you are trying too and doing what you know to do. I hope it comes down a lot.

jayabee52 2011-03-14 21:56:12 -0500 Report

Howdy Rhonda.
the steroids will do it to you BIG TIME.

My Jem had RA too, and the only thing she could use was prednisone or cortisone shots. She was allergic to all the new RA drugs. We with her Rhumy's help, we put her on the lowest dose of pred. and got her off of it as soon as symptoms allowed.

We got her with an Endo. and we monitored her BG#s intensely (4 & 5 x/d) and I sent her V/S sheet by email to her endo. He would revise her sliding scale insulin injection regimen according to what her BG#s were running. We usually got the BG#s under 200 within 2 weeks to a month.

Praying you get relief from your RA, & get your BG#s down.


alanbossman 2011-03-14 21:40:35 -0500 Report

Hi Runthe the steroids do raise up your BS numbers. Last week I had a problem and the doctor had me take some steroids and after 2 pills my BS numbers went up over 240 so I stopped taking them. Hang in there Runthe I know you can do this.

misspat2u 2011-03-14 21:17:27 -0500 Report

Hi "R"—hang in there lady. You are doing all of the right things, just continue to be consistant and presistant and try not to get down in the dumps…I know it is easier said than done, but YOU can do this. My A1C is not quite that high, but I am still battling. I don't want to end up dead like my mom either—diabeties is no joke and you can vent anytime you feel like it :)!!! We are here for you always. I use an herb called ganoderma and it has been helping me quite a bit. Google the word and put a comma behind it and put in any disease, illness, body part, etc (cancer, liver, diabeties, blood pressure, heart, lungs) and see what you come up with. We can talk again. Take care and be blessed.
-Ms. Pat