Acl numbers and what they mean.

By CWMecca Latest Reply 2011-09-13 11:44:08 -0500
Started 2011-09-09 14:31:16 -0500

I've just gotten a clear copy of all my hospital discharge papers and while reading through them I found my Acl number, (7.5). I have NO clue what this means but they put me on metformin 500 mg twice daily and told me to watch my BG levels. They never told me what my levels should be and today, at the "follow up" I got NO information at all, in spite of asking repeatedly. I feel like the whole visit was a waste of time.

I am going to a diabetes information meeting next week and found a free session with a CDE in October that I'm going to sign up for as well but in the meantime I'm subsisting on salads and flavored waters! I'm HUNGRY!

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CWMecca 2011-09-09 15:58:21 -0500 Report

Okay, Jim, I stand corrected. I really need new glasses so reading those itty bitty things on the discharge papers is a strain.

I've asked, and asked, for information and haven't gotten it. I'm going to a diabetes information meeting next week and I see the cardiologist on Wednesday. I'm also going to sign up for a free meeting with a CDE in October for more help. I don't have insurance so it's difficult to find help. The most help I've gotten is from the wonderful people here :)

I'm pretty much eating what I feel like eating, trying to keep carbs down is no problem because I'm not much of a cereal or bread eater anyway. I prefer proteins but I'm adding more salads too for the veggies.

Autumn's Mi Mi
Autumn's Mi Mi 2011-09-09 19:20:27 -0500 Report

You are in the right place. DC helps out a lot there are so many different articles to read. Hopefully when you to to you nutrition class you will learn more. Right now it sounds like you are not eating enough. I went through the same thing when I left the hospital. No information, no instruction, no nothing. I waited 1 week before I learned anything. This was due to attending my nutrition class. It was so informative. I had to attend 2 classes at 4 hours each. I have to go back for a one on one which I am sure I will learn a lot more.

Make sure when you attend the class, write down all of your questions. I know you will have lots of them. Take your meds on time everyday, exercise and eat right is the key to maintaining a positive blood sugar level.

Good Luck and keep the faith!

Gemm 2011-09-09 15:30:15 -0500 Report

My last A1C at the doctors a couple of weeks ago was a 6.1 and he wasn't happy cause up to now they have been under 5.9. He wants to retest me in 3 months and at that time will decide what we need to do to reduce it. My biggest problem though is my triglycerides which will also affect my BG readings. I have taken almost all fats out of my diet except for olive oil that I use for cooking and have even found replacements for some in recipes (though not all so those things I haven't I don't make very often).

One thing I have found it that if I have questions I need to be proactive and ask. I cannot expect any health care person to remember everything I haven't been told when they deal with so many patients every day. If I ask and don't get answers I have been known to make a pest of myself until I get the answers I need or am directed to someone else who may have the time to answer - nurse, dietician, nurse practitioner etc. I have found this strategy to reduce much of my stress in dealing with health care professionals, for the most part. My most recent stay in the hospital is an exception (see separate posting if interested). I also have taken advantage of free sessions with the nutritionist/diabetic counselor at our local hospital. She has been great at helping both me and my husband do dietary changes to help our BG readings as well as with my cholesterol and blood pressure problems. I use the same proactive approach when dealing with any of my myriad of health issues both with professionals and utilizing on-line resources to help me be as educated as I can about the disease/disorder as well as treatment options. If I don't know where to start on-line I just turn to goggle and see where that takes me. Sometimes there I have to research a few times to get just what I am looking for but don't give up cause the answers are out there somewhere. No matter what I am dealing with I have found that there is an answer cause if it has a name then others have the problem too. :)

Good Luck & HUGS

Type1Lou 2011-09-09 15:23:14 -0500 Report

The HbA1c test stands for Glycohemoglobin and it gives you an average of your blood glucose levels over the past 3 months (like Jim said.) When I pick up a copy of my blood work, it lists the expected following values for the HbA1c results:
4.1 to 6.4 Non-diabetic Children ages 1.5 to 18 yrs
4.3 to 6.0% Non-diabetic Adults
6.2 to 7.0% Diabetic Well Controlled
7.0 to 8.0% Diabetic Fair Control
> 8.0% Diabetic Poor Control

(I don't know what happened to 6.1% in the above charts?) Hope this helps some. I know what you mean about feeling hungry. When I follow my low carb diet, it seems I'm always feeling hungry.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-09 14:55:16 -0500 Report

Okay, lets start with the right name. It is A1C. I have no idea what they mean, but you A1C score is a 3 month snap shot of your blood sugar levels. You would like that number to be between 6 & 7. They should retest in 3 months to see how you are doing. To drop your A1C, here is a snapshot view. Sounds like you have already dropped your soda, sweet tea, alcohol, and sweet treats. Next, you need to watch your carbs. 2-3 carb servings per a meal is a good start. A carb serving equals 15 grams of carbs. You need to count them all. Example if you have a serving size of cereal and it is 45 grams per serving and you add milk which may be 17 grams per serving, you will consume 4 carb servings for this meal. If you ignore the serving size and just fill your cereal bowl and end up with a double serving, but you don't add any additional milk, you are at 7 carb servings for the meal. Wow! I am going not die from diabetes, but from starving to death. So you change what you eat for b-fast. Instead of cereal, you go ta a 2 egg omelet, with a slice of ham, lots of veggies in the omelet and you get about 2 carb servings. This is because this is a protein breakfast. Pizza, corn, potatoes are all sugar spikers for me. You will learn. sorry you had to join this ship! Jim

stormz 2011-09-13 11:44:08 -0500 Report

When all else fails Jim knows…and none of us wants to be diabetic but we are so we accept it and go on from there. But be happy we have a place like this to come to for information, friends and to share our problems because without this we really would be out in the cold. I love being part of this website even though I have not been here long it's only because I didn't know about it sooner. I'm so happy for everyone here.

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