A1C Went down 4 pts.

By DARRELL EDGELL Latest Reply 2011-12-19 15:23:14 -0600
Started 2011-12-14 11:59:46 -0600

My last A1C was 3 months ago and it was 12.4
Yesterday I went and they did it again after 3 months and it was 8.3 hooooooooorayyyyyy. Down 4 points. My sugar reading still go up and down but…they arent a constant reading of over 200 or more.
They stay around 100-180, yea it still jumps around but better.
My girl friend and I always eat organic stuff, and a lot of vegs,and of course meat. I dont know if I could ever get away from a mouth watering porterhouse steak. But Lisa wants us to go strictly vegs for a month, wow.
Before I commit to that I must have that steak lol lol.

46 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 07:41:16 -0600 Report

WHOOP WHOOP!!! That is awesome!! I'm so happy for you!!! Mine just went down from 8.7 to 7.1 in just over 2 months!! So I know how you feel!! It feels great to see all your hard work come to fruition!!(hope i spelled that right!!)
Keep up the good work. I have 3 months to get from 7.1 to…I would like to be in the 5's! We shall see!
I would be careful about just doing the all veggie thing. Veggies are good, like everything else, in moderation. But to go all veggie, seems like that would be alot of carbs for a diabetic. Obviously I don't know that for sure, but i would investigate that first!! You need your proteins!!
Steak sounds good right now!! LOL
Have a Blessed Holiday,

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-19 08:36:10 -0600 Report

hey thanks and congrats to you as well. its good to hear anything good for a diabetic. my girl friend has made all this happen for me. she's an RN and very tough, and that's what i ve needed. but yea…id like a nice juicey steak now too lol

pixsidust 2011-12-15 23:58:57 -0600 Report

I feel the hallelujah chorus coming on ¸.•´¯)¸.••*´¯`*•.¸¸ø¤º°

You are supposed to balance carbs with protein.
Look before you leap on this one

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 20:36:07 -0600 Report

Hey, Christy, how do you do the cute little drawing?

jayabee52 2011-12-18 16:07:48 -0600 Report

If you have a windows based computer you can go to a program called "character map" There you can find different types of fonts. Some of those families of fonts have different characters in them. In fact there are whole families of fonts called "wing dings" and "web dings". You could find a lot of little illustrative characters resident there.

If you have an apple-based machine, I wouldn't know how to tell you about that.

Caroltoo 2011-12-18 16:14:59 -0600 Report

Yes, I use windows and have used "wing dings" and other fonts when in Word. This site seems to come with it's own font preselected, but perhaps we can cut and paste into this one?

Never tried an Apple, though I have friends who swear they are the only computer worth having.

jayabee52 2011-12-18 16:26:22 -0600 Report

I got my online start with a Macintosh (i-Mac) but soon migrated to a windows based machine. When I was operating my own computer (not one like here at the apt complex where so much is restricted online) I was able to copy from the character map to the DC site. I liked to use the character for cents and the little superscript circle for degrees. I also liked the musical notes too.

pixsidust 2011-12-18 10:22:21 -0600 Report

I copied it from someone else who I do not know to ask. I will try and figure it out

Young1s 2011-12-18 10:53:43 -0600 Report

Update: I found it. I guess I should have looked before the first reply I made. Oh well. Hope this helps.
♥♥To make the hearts on your computer, just hold down the Alt key and hit the number 3 on your keyboard for each heart you make.♥♥

Young1s 2011-12-18 10:50:45 -0600 Report

Hey Christy and Carol. Try asking Re1ndeer about it. She told me how to make hearts once but I can't remember off hand. I could probably find it in my profile feed though but it may take some doing as far as back tracking is concerned.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-16 18:07:30 -0600 Report

yea, i need meat and vegs not just vegs. even though i love them,but not just them alone

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 20:38:32 -0600 Report

If she is knowledgeable, Darrell, she will correct you by saying you need protein, not meat. Meat is a strong preference for many of us (me, too!), but there are vegetable sources of protein so you might get caught in that argument. Love the logic, but watch the wording…didn't you say she is an RN?

MoeGig 2011-12-15 20:20:38 -0600 Report

Although a veggie diet is good for normal people, I don't believe it is good for diabetics…too many carbs!! The best diet is an Atkins/Mediterranean style INHO. As a Type 1 for 46 years, have tried everything…veggie doesn't work…have to juggle the insulin (or Type 2 meds) too much. Got to maintain a low/min carb diet to achieve an A1c in the 6's. Veggie diet won't do that for you. (I can see the tomatoes being thrown at me as I type this)…:>)

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-16 18:10:26 -0600 Report

yes for a diabetic T2 such as i am i dont think all veges is a good thing

jayabee52 2011-12-16 19:37:50 -0600 Report

I don't think it's bad for short periods of time, there are however some folks who eat nothing but fruits & veggies. They however need to get their complete protein some other way. Without a "complete" protein combination there can be problems with the body down the line. I don't have a thorough knowledge of this part of nutrition.

Someone who is a vegetarian or vegan here could probably tell us more about that part of nutrition

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-19 09:02:06 -0600 Report

yes it would be nice to hear from a vegetarian on how they get all the nutritain and protein they need. would be interesting

jayabee52 2011-12-16 01:27:06 -0600 Report

too many carbs Moe? Yes, with starchy veggies like potatoes, corn, peas. What about cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus? And yes —— tomatoes!?

I am a T2 and manage my diabetes without meds by a low carb/hi protein meal plan. I include those veggies (except for tomatoes ) in my meal plan and my A1c is 5.5.

roshy 2011-12-15 04:40:27 -0600 Report

Congrats on your great achievement!! Are you T2?? its nice to feel like your hard work is paying off!! its a good incentive to keep it up!!! u deserve a slap up steak now after that!!

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-15 09:18:11 -0600 Report

ha ha lol yea i will take that steak now lol. yea im T2 and have been since 1993. man its been a long time. i take metform 1000mg and 40 units 70/30 humulin 3xday. hopefully i can start to cut back on all that junk once it stabilizes. :-)

jayabee52 2011-12-14 16:43:40 -0600 Report


I am considering a menu plan that will be essentially vegetarian to help my kidneys. But I am with you. There's nothing quite like a good steak!



Caroltoo 2011-12-14 14:18:44 -0600 Report

Good work, Darrell! I'm another one who loves a good steak. I also do the organic food—veggies and meats—because of concerns about chemicals in our food that I know I react to. The switch I've tried to make is from "what am I going to serve with my big, rare, juicy steak" to how can I incorporate the same steak into 2-3 meals. In other words, to cook veggies and grains with it so that I eat less meat. I, too, cannot forsee a time when I would be willing to not eat meat, but I am willing to make the move towards eating less if the increase in veggies is healthier for me.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-14 14:26:35 -0600 Report

my exact thoughts, we have gone organic well…she was doing it and the almost 4 months being together well…she turned me to eatting that way and yes the chemicals are very bad. we even buy organic meats. but she wants to go strictly vegs for a month,iiiiiii dont know about all that lol. i am all for the vegs though.

Nick1962 2011-12-14 14:05:11 -0600 Report

Congrats Darrell! Another few months and you should be right on target. Your sugars should start to level out also. I'd fight that going veggy thing tooth and nail. Can't deny a man his steak (and all that good protein).

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-14 14:09:40 -0600 Report

yea, i love meat very much. it has been a staple in my life. thank you for the post. i have been trying to eat right the last 3 months. and getting my paws slapped seems to help lol. i just love reese's cups and any jelly filled donut or pastry. that is so very hard to stop, and i have(so far) lol

Nick1962 2011-12-14 15:01:42 -0600 Report

Sounds like you're one of the "sweets". I was one of the "saltys" For me always chips, crackers, etc. I'd kill for a bag of fritos right now. Yea, giving it up (or at least severly cutting it down) is tough. Took me a long time, but after you get in a stride, a lot of the stuff just isn't appealing anymore. Stand your ground on that steak thing though! Love my wife dearly, but she knows better than to stand between me and a porterhouse.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-12-14 15:21:43 -0600 Report

yes i love sweets. ice cream, i just love. then pies,cakes. i need an insuling shot right now just thinking about this stuff lol lol. yea man its hard to change a diet, wow. but the past few months i have done so well. my girl friend is an RN and into the safe,healthy thing. well im glad to have met up with her. she is a big support. but…me and a good grilled out steak mmmmmmm its going to be very hard for her lol.

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