What to do to help with A1C

By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2011-11-15 11:46:47 -0600
Started 2011-11-14 11:50:41 -0600

I am going to the doctor on Wednesday, because of my results of my A1C. It was suppose to be 6 something, but it was 8 something. Sorry. I can't remember the rest of the numbers. Anyway, is there a way I can fix my A1C, so that next time I can get better results?

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Nick1962 2011-11-15 11:46:47 -0600 Report

Ditto what Kirla posted. I use the 777 rule - no single food I eat should be more than 7 carbs, 7 sugars and should contain 7 protein or more. I also avoid “processed” foods like pre-packaged Lean Cuisine type dinners/hot pockets. Now this is near impossible to do 100% of the time, but the stricter you follow it the better the results. Use your “cheats” wisely, and watch portions. It is actually a good way to learn how to cook.

I thought I read in a previous post that you became a vegetarian. I understand the reasons people do that, but it really limits your availability to protein. Especially if you are a strict vegetarian that doesn’t do eggs or dairy. I personally don’t use supplements like shakes and such because it isn’t “portable” (can’t always use it on vacations, isn’t always readily available, and it isn’t going to be a lifelong habit I can maintain), so for me protein is a must to keep my body strong. Again, I understand the whole vegetarian thing, but after all, if it came down to saving a chicken or saving you, I’m pretty sure most folks here would pick you.

Just some food for thought. Ha! Get it?

Kirla 2011-11-14 21:07:38 -0600 Report

This is what helped me lower my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months.

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

realsis77 2011-11-14 14:48:26 -0600 Report

Sure you can lower your numbers by tracking your blood sugar and keeping it under your target range. my target is under 150. actually damage can occur at 140 and above so be careful to keep your numbers under that. your A1C is a accumlation of your numbers over about a three month period so if your high your A1C will also be high. are you on a treatment to help you lower your numbers? my doctor tried me on pills first but i continued to run high so i now take insulin and my numbers have been excellant ever since. sometimes we need a littlle help tp keep our numbers in check, i know i did! so if you keep your numbers below your A1C will refelect that.

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 13:25:51 -0600 Report

Your A1c is directly related to your daily control of your blood glucose levels. Other things do affect it, but usually they will cause a lower reading, not a higher one.

The best way to improve your A1c is to keep good control of your numbers, exercise and drink a lot of water. It is kind of a 3 month average of how you have been doing. If you have a lot of high numbers, you want to find ways to reduce those so your A1c will come down.

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