Again Folks of D/C Land

By Latest Reply 2011-08-29 01:09:31 -0500
Started 2011-08-24 19:43:12 -0500

What is the easiest way to lower the A1C level? I do not eat any of the "devils" food, (which also includes all types of fruit.) I'm being a really good vegan. But it's that damn surgery that is the prize that I'm after. Please any1 of you out there, please throw any type of suggestions, ideas, or stuff that has helped any 1 of you, my way. I'm desperate, and I need help. And I know that each & every1 of you is good @ that. And that's helping a fellow member. Thanks Guys!!

23 replies

MewElla 2011-08-27 08:16:07 -0500 Report

I always eat a apple ea day…has the fiber I need and it does not raise bg#'s, but does make me feel full…majority of other fruits I have to stay away from…

2011-08-26 14:53:59 -0500 Report

I no longer consume any type of fruit. No matter what the "experts" say. All fruit has SUGAR!! Isn't that something the we as diabetics are supposed to avoid? (Hypothetical question) All fruit contains sugar. All I have to do is take 1 miniscule bite, and my b/s sky rockets. I'm glad that some of you folks can consume it, but this D/Cer cannot.

GabbyPA 2011-08-27 08:05:32 -0500 Report

I am like that with corn. It is crummy because I love corn, but the same thing happens to me as when you eat fruit. Funny how this disease is so different in each person.

2011-08-28 12:35:11 -0500 Report

I know what you mean Gabby. All I have to do is walk by a corn-on-the-cob display at the market, and my b/s shoots through the roof. And boy, do I love corn. (and fruit!) It's my b/s that despises them. (and summer's the worst! All the best fruits, as well as the corn) are here for the season. I've learned to be a diabetic,(as we all have) but it it doesn't mean I have to like it!!

Kerstin Lujan
Kerstin Lujan 2011-08-26 11:14:51 -0500 Report

I found out that red delicious apples have approx. 60% more nutrition than any other apple & that they raise your sugar level very slowly!! "an apple a day…"

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 11:31:07 -0500 Report

For lunch, I will frequently eat one apple, sliced and slathered with natural peanut butter (peanuts and salt only)…about 37 to 45 grams of carb depending of the type/size of apple and how much PB. Delicious apples aren't one of my favorites. I like the Fuji's Gala's and Granny Smiths. When I lived up north, there is a type called Macoun, that I loved but it doesn't travel well so I can't get it here in Florida. Like Gabby, I'd like to know how the Delicious variety is considered superior. Time to eat lunch!

GabbyPA 2011-08-26 11:18:03 -0500 Report

Really? how interesting. Where did you find that out? I don't care for them as much as others, but if that is the case, I would like to change that habit.

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 18:50:15 -0500 Report

Dear Gabby. I've been searching the web to find nutrition info for different apple varieties. I haven't had much luck but came across the following quotes: "Nutritional value of apples will vary slightly depending on the variety and size." and "There are hundreds of different types of apple varieties. There are even many varieties within a certain type of apple. For example there are probably more red delicious apple varieties than any other apple type. Apples all have the same basic nutritional values, so looking up a particular type or variety of apples is not necessary." I plan to go back to the site and read more but I think we can feel OK in foregoing the Delicious apples!…unless there's a new study out there saying otherwise.

Read more at Suite101: Apple Varieties & Types – Nutritional Value: Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, Rome, McIntosh |

GabbyPA 2011-08-27 08:07:50 -0500 Report

I didn't know they had so much vitamin C. that is great! I love apples and they are my go to fruit when strawberries are not in season.

Type1Lou 2011-08-25 17:22:43 -0500 Report

Oops, I posted the following before reading your profile which states that you eat no carbs. Sorry. What do you eat?
How many carbs do you consume in any given day? I have found that reducing my carb intake yields better BG readings which are indicated in a lower A1c. My last A1c was 6.6 in June…the two before that were over 7. I still want to get it lower but am happy to get back in the 6's. I try to limit my daily carbs to a maximim of 120.

2011-08-25 21:58:07 -0500 Report

I'm extremely jealous Lou. I was able to lower my A1c from a 13.7 down to a 7.5. And yes you are correct. I do not consume any type of carbs. I only will eat certain tpes of veggies. (ie; iceberg lettuce, and some types of squashes, low cal & low carb Paul Newman's salad dressings. My carb intake per day is 30 grams per meal. 90 total. You see if my A1c was as good as yours, than I' be almost @ the finishing line, where the prize 4 me would be this elective surgery that I want to get. But it seems like it's taking 4EVER!! I only have a certain amt of patience before I start finding other means of lowering the number.

AuntieM234 2011-08-26 14:34:37 -0500 Report

How about exercise? Do you exercise at all? You probably know that its a good way to lower your BG. right? Iceberg lettuce is one of my most favorite things to eat, but it has no nutritional value. I've begun to eat Romaine, instead, because we need all the nutritional value we can get … but that's off point! Good luck on meeting your goal! ;-) Mara

Oops! G already covered exercise. Oh well.

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 10:51:40 -0500 Report

Dear Annlease, Sounds like we are on similar diets. although you are a bit more stringent and I'm not a vegan (but usually only eat meat at dinner). I eat 30 grams of carb for breakfast and try to limit my lunch and dinner to 45 grams each. It's not easy but the BG results are worth it. (I love peanut butter and would give up meat before I gave up my PB!) I'm just under 5'3" (shrinking in my old age!) and weigh 120-125. Could the meds you are taking be affecting the A1c's? I've just started (August 16) using an insulin pump and am still in the tweaking stages to get the settings right but anticipate getting better control while avoiding the scary lows that had been plaguing me. Prior to that I was on Lantus and Novolog shots for my diabetes. You've made some great strides in your A1c…how low do you need it to go to have the surgery? What kind of surgery is it? Sounds to me like you're doing everything right…which makes it even more puzzling! Good luck!

2011-08-26 15:03:40 -0500 Report

Well T1Lou~~ I need to get my A1C below 5. The drugs that I'm on, are not messing w/my A1C#. My carb intake is 90 grams a day. So Sir Harlan, is correct. It will take time. But the bad thing about it is, I would not have made a good M.D. I have no patients. (old joke, but it still works.)

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 15:28:45 -0500 Report

I don't understand why they want you below 5. Have they given you a reason for wanting it below 5? Here are the values noted on my lab work showing expected A1c ranges:
4.1% - 6.4% Non-Diabetic Children (1.5 to 18 years);
4.3% - 6.0% Non-Diabetic Adults;
6.2% - 7.0% Diabetic well controlled;
7.0% - 8.0% Diabetic fair controlled;
>8% Diabetic poor control
I'm perplexed! They want you to have an A1c level expected in someone without Diabetes!

2011-08-28 12:48:41 -0500 Report

Yes M'am. According to my ins co. It's an elective surgery. Which means that I really don't need it, but I want it. And my ins says if your a diabetic, and WANT a certain type of surgery & you're a diabetic the A1C has to be lower than a 5. However, 3 years ago, I had elective surgery, and it had to be a 7 or lower. Look what 3 years does!! Makes it harder for me!!:(

Type1Lou 2011-08-28 14:54:49 -0500 Report

This certainly seems to be an unreasonable requirement on the part of your insurer. I wonder if the ADA legislation would give you a cause of action against your insurer for this, particularly if you get your A1c into the high fives or low 6's?
But, I am not a doctor so what do I know?…but wait a minute, is the insurance company basing their decision of sound medical evidence?…or do they just want you to not have the surgery? (Sometimes dealing with insurers just makes me want to SCREAM!)

2011-08-28 22:25:24 -0500 Report

What I think is that my ins wants to be on the safe side. So if anything does happen it's not their tush that's in fire. So I don't blame them. I have to go anyway to get my A1C checked out anyway. Getting that checked puts me on pins & needles. I don't mind the needles, what I do mind is getting the results!!

2011-08-26 14:58:54 -0500 Report

AuntieM~~ If you noticed, I exercise 6 days a week, at the gym, and on the 7th day, I run between 10 & 15 miles. So the exercise thing, I'm doing pretty good with.

GabbyPA 2011-08-24 20:37:22 -0500 Report

Exercise. That may be what you are missing. That helps so much to bring your numbers down and it doesn't take a lot. Here are some good discussions/articles on exercise and why it works.

2011-08-25 16:34:16 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, I must've forgotten to mention this. I exercise 18 hours a week. 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. At the gym. On Sunday, I run 10 miles. So this exercise thing I've got down to a pretty good science. The thing that I don't have down, is getting my A1C under the magical number of 5. Oh well. As Harlan, said, it'll take a while. A long while. And I'm not patient! :(

GabbyPA 2011-08-26 11:10:36 -0500 Report

Wow, that is a lot. I wish I was that active. I would be stealth and beautiful! If you are doing that on a regular basis, then i am at a lot, except to agree with Harlen. Time will tell.

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