Help I dont know how to eat to lower my A1C

By Louise0620 Latest Reply 2011-04-25 19:05:45 -0500
Started 2011-04-25 14:04:54 -0500

what are the foods i should avoid I stopped eating can veg i get frozen what about the diet dinners are they ok to eat how do i count carbs and what are they I am new at this and need a lot of help because i have been eating like a regular person

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Kirla 2011-04-25 19:05:45 -0500 Report

This is what I did to get my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months. Not everyone can do it. I see no harm in eating lots of low carb vegetables and cutting back or eliminating high carb starchy foods. Testing before and after each meal may be difficult to do. If strips are a problem you can start with one meal and when you have a good idea of what’s good and bad, you can move on to another. Where all different and you may have to find what works for you. That’s why testing your meals is so important.

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

jenn9075 2011-04-25 16:51:34 -0500 Report

hey a whole food diet is great to count carbs you look at carbs and minus the fiber if there is alchol some ppl can minus that too but be careful eating the alcohols it can cause stomach problems

jeffrey9127 2011-04-25 15:59:56 -0500 Report

Hello Louise0620, I would recommend that you ask your Dr. to give you a sample diet, and give you the amount of carbs that he/she would like you to limit yourself to each day. Better still, ask your Dr. if you can go to a Registered Dietician for advice and councilling. That would be the most helpful. Good luck to you, post again and tell us how everything turns out.

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