My weight and a1c goes up and down

By Louise0620 Latest Reply 2011-04-25 19:37:51 -0500
Started 2011-04-23 20:50:58 -0500

How do i get it at a 6 and keep it there

6 replies

Kirla 2011-04-25 19:37:51 -0500 Report

I have been doing it for 2 years now. Diet only, no meds since April 2009. This is what helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-25 01:02:51 -0500 Report

Hard work and how your body responds. Learning what foods elevate your BG and what foods don't cause problems. Using meds if/when you aren't able to contril the disease through diet. Sometimes no matter how careful a person is they might not reach a 6.

GabbyPA 2011-04-24 18:08:04 -0500 Report

Hard work. Getting a good A1c takes dedication to your meal plans, to counting carbs, getting your exercise and testing. Then when you figure out how it goes down, something in your body will change and you will have to start working at it again.

I wish I could just do the exact thing I did when I was first diagnosed. But as I age my body gives me new challenges. Talk to your doctor and see what they say about how you can work together to keep an A1c around 6.

Type1Lou 2011-04-24 11:36:33 -0500 Report

Dear Louise,
It's a constant struggle. I got mine as low as 5.9 6 or 7 years ago and last year it went up to 7.5. I've got it down to 7.1 in March and am working to get it back in the low 6's by really reducing my carb intake and increasing my exercise. I've had issues with serious low blood sugar episodes, so have been working with an endo since 12/1/10 to stabilize and increase control…still working at it. At 124 pounds, I don't have a weight problem. I've been a type 1 for 35+ years and on Lantus and Novolog right now but may be considering a pump if I can't control it better. Work with your doctor and keep your spirits up. Wishing you the strength to make the right decisions.

amylouwho 2011-04-23 21:46:49 -0500 Report

Louise0620…that is the magical question. I wish I had an answer!! Mine went from 13 to 11 and I'll find out in June what the latest number will be…Until then I try to "remember" to take my Humalog and Levemir, watch what I eat, and exercise a little more. As far as I know, that's all you can really do. Good luck! Keep in touch!!

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