Roller Coaster A1c Readings

By Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser Latest Reply 2011-11-14 04:51:18 -0600
Started 2011-11-12 15:41:12 -0600

Have had many life threatening health issues and forced into retirement in the last year. My A1c was 6.7 (average was 6.4 for years as a T2) in January, by June it had risen up to 12.4, after a complete change of meds(oral to insulin) and closer watch on my diet I have worked my way back down to 8.2, should be all the way back to good A1C's by next check!!!!


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Type1Lou 2011-11-13 18:02:08 -0600 Report

Hi Tom! For the last few years, I found my A1c creeping up from the 6's into the 7's. I firmly believe that my aging body was sabotaging my control as it had been pretty consistent and good. (I'm 62 now and the problem started at about age 59; I've been a Type1 since age 27) I had also gotten lax in my control and had no faith in my PCP who'd been managing my diabetes since moving to Florida from Vermont in 2005. I finally saw an endo last December who got me back on the right road to better diabetes management and I've gotten the A1c back to 6.6 and 6.7. I'm confident that the next one will be even lower because I started on the pump in August and we've been fine-tuning the pump settings for several months now with better BG results overall. Any stress/illness in your life will wreak havoc on your control. Sounds like you're on the path of regaining that control. Keep it up!

Kirla 2011-11-12 19:27:43 -0600 Report

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.

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

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 19:24:30 -0600 Report

That is frustrating! Sorry to hear that. I would be bummed out if i had to leave my job. I love taking care of my people.
I pray you continue to fight and stay strong and get that # back to were you want it. Good Luck and God Bless, Mickey

pixsidust 2011-11-12 19:14:06 -0600 Report

I am sorry as well. Why the move to insulin if you were more controlled before? I am so glad you are positive and not down and out. Demand answers and when in doubt get that second opinion.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-12 17:34:11 -0600 Report

Tom, I am so sorry you have had so many problems. I hope and pray that you continue on the downward swing. I hope you don't mind if I do not join you on the ride but watch from the sidelines.

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