By medic673b Latest Reply 2016-08-15 09:35:50 -0500
Started 2012-01-11 15:24:23 -0600

I was wondering how everybody was doing as far as their A1c. I just had my yearly A1c and it was down from 5.8 last year to 5.3 last week

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rammerjammer1 2012-01-19 10:32:23 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed at the end of last September. I have gone from 13.6 to 6.2! I have lost a good bit of weight and will lose more with time and exercise.

Young1s 2012-01-17 14:40:56 -0600 Report

Don't know yet but will find out tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Young1s 2012-01-18 14:25:20 -0600 Report

7.7, is what I was told today. Not ideal but not the end of the world either. My doctor says we're(?) shooting for below 7, but I'm shooting for below 6. As Daydreamer stated below, still have some work to do.

denisemc76 2012-01-17 07:11:05 -0600 Report

My a1c is 8.0..it needs to come down. I'm working on it with 70 units of lantus and a sliding scale of novo log.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 14:34:26 -0600 Report

Its not always easy but you have a desire and will for life. In that I believe you will keep trying to be your best. May God bless you as you walk that path.

denisemc76 2012-01-17 23:10:26 -0600 Report

Thank you so very much. I do have the will and desire for life. I love life to death. I just want to be normal as normal is determined by our clairvoyant society. Your words are a blessing.

Caroltoo 2012-01-17 23:25:50 -0600 Report

True, 8.0 isn't where you want to stay, but it's not a bad place to be starting! Some of us have started in the 12 to 14 range. It does take information, will power, diet, exercise, patience, forgiving yourself when you botch it up, and starting over when you need to. We are all human. We blow sometimes. Just don't let yourself stay there too long. It's a battle I believe we can win.

I started with a BG of 396 and bloody pus dripping from my toes when I was diagnosed 8 years ago. I worked full time all those years. I am now 60 pounds lighter, healthier, and medication free. I'm 67 years old, but not to old to take charge of my life and my health.

timmy921 2012-01-17 05:34:54 -0600 Report

Hell my doc tests mine every 3 months. & unfortunately i have a prob w mine i usually run @ 7.1or a lil less

VickieF 2012-01-16 23:12:15 -0600 Report

I had mine done last month and it had went down from 9.9 to 7.3. The Dr. said she would like to see it down below 7. She was really happy that it had dropped so much though.

Tess K.
Tess K. 2012-01-16 12:02:33 -0600 Report

Just came back from the doctor it was 8.8. It was high but it is going down and my weight is going down so I feel good about both of these. I need to work much harder and take care of me.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 14:27:53 -0600 Report

Tess stay hooked in with us. We can find our way together. I know you are looking for friends and you found them right here! Isn't God good? Plan your meals, your grocery shopping should give you plenty of acceptable treats and you will find yourself doing even better. Find substitutions for all your cravings. See yourself losing weight. Visualize your dreams and goals. Create baby steps along the way so you can be proud of each step. Don't look back but forward. As you build confidence so you shall come out to find yourself surrounded by the Love you so desire. Shall we all join hands and reach together?

Taylorcs 2012-01-16 12:01:10 -0600 Report

My a1c is 5.9 I was recently diagnosed at pre-diabetic. I started metformin and I am losing weigh with exercise and carb count.

tabby9146 2012-01-18 18:14:31 -0600 Report

glad you aren't full blown diabetic. I was, and my first A1C was 5.7 numbers were too high on that fasting glucose tolerance test, even got a second opinon. You can avoid diabetes by doing what you are doing, at least most can, there are some that no matter what they do, they can go on to develop it, that is what my diabetes educator told us. She is one of those, who is skinny, does everything right, but has a strong family history of it. Congrats to you!

Diabrettic 2012-01-16 01:17:18 -0600 Report

5.3 is fantastic! Keep it up. I was just diagnosed in December with type 1. My a1c was 14.3. Got a lot of work to do.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 14:36:05 -0600 Report

Please make yourself and future quality of life a priority
The good thing is that you can start fresh to plan your tomorrows

Diabrettic 2012-01-17 16:02:29 -0600 Report

Thanks, pixsidust. I've been working very hard with diet, exercise, and my meds to get that number down as low as possible. My goal is to have it down from 14.3 to 8 by my next A1C.

pixsidust 2012-01-18 00:11:01 -0600 Report

I think that is realistic and achievable. Lets celebrate any and all success though! The fact you are trying and you do care is so important.

gjkbear 2012-01-15 14:56:13 -0600 Report

Congrats on the great A1C! Mine was 6.7 up from 6.3 about 9 months ago. I too blame the sweets & treats of Holiday eating. It just means I have to really watch to portion control & oh year - actually GO to the Gym instead of just paying my dues & sitting on my posterior…

M110A2 2012-01-15 05:25:04 -0600 Report

My last A1C was 29 DEC 11 with the result of 8.3, has gone up from 6.8 from JUN 11. I can only blame myself for over indulging with Holoday Sweets that was at every table I visited over the Holidays.

sweetkyfirefly83 2012-01-14 11:27:25 -0600 Report

I feel you annalease. My A1C was 11.5 in May 2010. I had it taken yesterday and it was 8.5. Its taken that long to get it down under 10. I was wondering, since your only on metformin, which i was on when I was first diagnosed, do you carb count your meals or watch what you eat??

2012-01-14 15:35:40 -0600 Report

I not only carb count, but am also a complete vegan. Yeah I might've lost some weight, but that only helped w/the b/g #s. Has yet not touch the ol' A1C. :{

2012-01-14 10:51:06 -0600 Report

I'm too embarrassed to be part of this conversation. I'm ABSOLUTELY ENVIOUS of you guys who's A1C is below a 7. Just because my pancreas is on a permanent vacation, and I'm only on Metformin, I'll always will be envious of those who's A1C is below a 7. (Mine as we speak is a 13.5)

tabby9146 2012-01-18 18:17:10 -0600 Report

don't be embarrassed. I don't want anyone to be envious of my low numbers. Best of luck to you!! I hpe you can get yours to where you want it to be.

2012-01-19 15:14:33 -0600 Report

tabby, I'm doing a lot of hoping, praying, wishing, to have a low A1C. But I'll see how this new med does. I'll see what happens when I see my doc in 3 weeks. That's when my fingers will be so tightly crossed, that I'll have permanent loss of circulation. Lol &)

GabbyPA 2012-01-14 22:18:18 -0600 Report

Never be embarrassed, just know it can be done. Maybe your normal is just higher or you really have to work harder at it. Everyone is different, but one thing is for sure. We all want to kick diabetes in the butt. LOL

jayabee52 2012-01-14 11:43:47 -0600 Report

sorry to hear that Lisa! You say your pancreas is on permanent vacation. Did your Dr tell you that?

2012-01-14 15:31:30 -0600 Report

Yes, Sir. So as of now, I'm doing a lot of heavy duty thinking, as to what steps I should take. As of now, I'm just playing the old wait & see game. The old doc isn't sure what he wants to do. So, since the ball is in his court, I'll just let him make the next move. After all, he's the one who went to med school. So I'll let you know what's going on, as soon as I know what's going on.

northerngal 2012-01-16 13:21:01 -0600 Report

I'm thinking that insulin would be the obvious next move. You may not want to hear that, but delaying that as long as possible is dangerous and out-dated thinking. Your long term health is most important and the longer you keep such high numbers, the worse you'll feel and the more damage is being done to your body. It may be scary, since you were recently diagnosed, but it becomes just another part of your life (that we all sometimes hate) and you learn as much as possible. I've known several who had the "no insulin" attitude, and in the long run, they couldn't believe how much better they felt once on it. Talk to your MD and good luck. A general practitioner may not be the best choice, we need specialists, who know enough about diabetes to be of help.

2012-01-16 17:24:06 -0600 Report

Insulin is definitely out of the question, due to the fact that my body cannot tolerate any form of synthetic type of insulin. Animal form or otherwise.

northerngal 2012-01-19 14:43:07 -0600 Report

If or when you need insulin, instead of oral types, I hope your insurance or provider can get you what you need. Mine is novalog, which is, of course, sythetic, but its the version that most closely resembles how your body would use its own produced insulin. I also use a pump which is so much better than multiple injections. The overall control is better and its always with you, so its continually dispensing a small amount to keep bs from skyrocketing. Its survived bike crashes, below zero temperatures (its protected and warm), over 100 degree temps and humidity that makes a human being melt. Hope they find a good sulution for you. I know they are out there.

hughsbayou 2012-01-14 10:30:18 -0600 Report

Last one was 5.3 down from 6.5 when diagnosed. I am using no meds, just vitamins and synthetic B-1 (Benfotiamine) and of course diet and exercise.

nzingha 2012-01-14 06:59:21 -0600 Report

i took myself off the lantos and my #s have been climbing.. guess i got the message.. so i started back last night.. tho i lowered the dosage

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 10:50:31 -0600 Report

Hope the lowered dose works better for you.

Love the beautiful bird…so bright and cheery looking!

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-01-14 00:28:13 -0600 Report

Just learned that my A1c has jumped back up to 6.9 from 6.5-ugh! Will be increasing the metformin from 500mg 2 x a day to 1000 mg 2 x a day per doctor's orders. Has anyone had good results from doing this?

hughsbayou 2012-01-14 10:33:21 -0600 Report

get some Benfotiamine, you can find it from several suppliers on Amazon.com, take your pick, and try that. It's synthetic B-1 which is lipid soluble which means it enters one's cells more easily. It is essential for the cell metabolism to handle glucose. Diabetics are typically as much as 75% deficient in this essential vitamin. There is no know side effect or overdose. I take 1000 mg a day in two doses and no longer take Metformin. Of course I keep a tight lid on carb intake and get at least 20 min of exercise a day.

JillStafford 2012-01-15 00:20:15 -0600 Report

Thanks for the tip about Benfotiamine. I was just diagnosed on Christmas Eve. My a1c was 8.5/ or 197 average for the past three months. The hospital doc put me on metformin and sent me home. I was ok as long as i was eating numerous small meals a day, but I started slipping back to my "Old normal" and found myself terribly ill - nightlong nausea and violent vomitting. I quit taking it . Anyone else had that problem? Anyway - I'll look for the synth B1 Thnx

gjkbear 2012-01-15 15:01:26 -0600 Report

I don't have nausea or vomiting but I do find if I don't eat properly, on time & if I don't take the metformin with food that I have diarrhea. I also have to watch what I eat.. too much grease will do it too (but then I don't have a gall bladder any more either).

jayabee52 2012-01-14 02:15:21 -0600 Report

Before you increase your medications, you may wish to take a look at your food and/or drink intake. Many of us have "portion control creep" (I have been guilty of this too).

It seems to creep upward as we get more comfortable with our diabetes way of eating and just "eyeball" a portion rather than actually measuring.

I would hate to see you raise your meds if you can find what in your day to day eating program might be doing it!

I had been on insulin for about 4 yrs, and met for 11 before that. I now manage my BG levels through what I eat and don't eatwithout the use of diabetes meds. My little "experement" started Feb 2011 and continues today.

I maintain my BG at normal levels (as long as I don't stray from my plan) and my last A1c was 5.5, and I lost about 50 lbs in the process.

So rather than ever increasing dosages of drugs, consider your intake. Keep a log for a month of everything you put into your mouth. You might be surprised with what you find. Maybe you wouldn't have to increase your meds!

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-01-14 20:41:11 -0600 Report

Well, I know I definitely relaxed over Christmas…! Diabetes educator kindly recommended (seeing how I lapse so often) taking on one meal at a time and tweaking it. So I am focusing on eating a healthy, carb-controlled breakfast right now. Usually Cheerios and blueberries or an egg with whole wheat toast and an orange. Next on to lunch! Thanks for the advice. Your experience with being able to drop the meds because of your improved diet is amazing and inspirational!

RG77 2012-01-13 20:29:40 -0600 Report

What is a A1c? what does it tell me and how often should I get it checked?

jayabee52 2012-01-13 20:46:39 -0600 Report

A1c is a shorthand we use for Glycated Hemoglobin A1c.

A short article from WebMD explaining it is here ~ http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/glycated-hemo... ~ In it there info on what a "normal" A1c should be. It is an average of how your BG control has been for the past 30 days.

It is up to your Dr to order the blood test which measures A1c readings.

Generally for new People with Diabetes (PWDs) they usually do it every 30 days to 1 year for better established PWDs. If your Dr hasn't told you your A1c perhaps you should ask him/her about it.

RG77 2012-01-13 21:01:58 -0600 Report

I will have my wife ask her on Monday. My doctor may have told me, but I forget easily and at times don't understand due to English being my 2nd language. My doctor is setting up a diabetic class for me to attend. My wife stated she wanted to go with me, which is good because she can rewords things for me so I can better understand.
Thank you for the website

CaliKo 2012-01-13 21:28:07 -0600 Report

I took a class, too, and it was the best thing. And yes, it's great for spouses to go, too, because they are living with it too. Your wife obviously loves you very much and wants to learn what to do to help. Good luck!

CaliKo 2012-01-13 20:44:37 -0600 Report

From the Mayo Clinic website:

The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well you're managing your diabetes. The A1C test goes by many other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.

The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control. And if you have previously diagnosed diabetes, the higher the A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

From me: you doctor will probably want to check every 3 months until you are well controlled, after that it just depends on your situation. You may have already had your first test, it's just a blood draw, but you should ask your doctor so you will understand where you started and understand your progress.

Good luck and welcome to the site. (more info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/a1c-test/MY0...)

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 10:53:18 -0600 Report

Yes, this is what I have read and been told by my doctor. She asks for one every 3 months because the test covers a 2-3 month period of cell changes. More frequently can give you a sense of recent progress or rapid decline that requires changes to be made asap, but as a maintenance tool, to use it every 3 months.

2012-01-14 15:40:15 -0600 Report

Yeah I'm getting mine tested again on Monday. Keeping my fingers crossed. Let ya all know by the end of next week.

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 15:44:06 -0600 Report

Sure will keep mine crossed too, and hope you see even a little progress cause you have been having a really hard time with this recently.

2012-01-14 16:02:14 -0600 Report

U know it, my friend. I even went and bought that A1c home test. Haven't done it yet. Not because I don't want to know,(I do want to) it's just that laziness has set in.

Jeanae 2012-01-13 17:38:12 -0600 Report

Just found out my A1c went from 10.8 in August to 5.9 two days ago! Yeah. No more insulin. My bad cholesteral went from very high to very low- no more cholesteral meds, my blood pressure went from really high to low, no more bp meds. Am still on Metformin but my dr. wants to decrease it from 1,000 twice a day to 500 twice a day so… yippity skippity! Good news! Would love for my A1c to get down as low as yours.

Maja1959 2012-01-14 10:25:17 -0600 Report

Ask your doc what they think about taking cinnamon supplements? I am on Metformin 500 mg 2 x day and I am also a heart patient so on various heart meds too. But I take cinnamin and it came down from 7.6 in Sept to 6.7 in Nov. I can't wait to see what it does the next time. And I was not exercising due to my dilated cardio myopathy. I have been pretty tired. I am some better since my defib/pacemaker but it still needs to grow on me it has only been two weeks. What did you do different to have such a drop in your A1C? Please share with us. I am going to start walking on the treadmill again doc just okayed this yesterday. I am told he has to give me what my defib/pacemaker is set at first though so the defib doesn't shock me. I have to wait and call him back Mon.

Jeanae 2012-01-14 18:59:53 -0600 Report

I cut out most carbs. I limit myself to carbs from fruits and veggies and also from no fat Greek Yogurt and 1 bowl of oatmeal in the morning. I cut out all desserts except fresh fruit. I cut out all drinks except water, limited skim milk, and herbal tea. I gave up all alcohol. I was walking every day and doing some stretching but then I fell in Dec. and tore my acl, tore my mcl, fractured my knee cap, and now they tell me I have a piece of cartilge floating around so they need to do surgery to remove it. I also sprained my ankle so all I am doing, besides hobbling around on crutches ater a month in bed is some upper body exercies with light hand weights and have just started incorporating resistance bands in my work out. I don't take cinnamon supplements but I do sprinkle cinnamon on my oatmeal, on a piece of apple or pear, on cooked cabbage… Oh and in my tea. I will try the supplements though. Thanks for the tip!

nzingha 2012-01-14 07:01:17 -0600 Report

congrats congrats.. this is great…keep it up

Jeanae 2012-01-14 09:50:35 -0600 Report

Thank you. Shared that with my diabetic class and my instructor said my progress was stupid. That my drastic lifestyle changes were stupid and that in a year I would gain all my weight back and my b.s. would be out of control. Wow. I told her I have a great support system- my family, my friends, d.c., my accountability partners… and she said "you must be really needy." So thank you nzingha for your positive, encouraging words. I appreciate them! and you.

tabby9146 2012-01-18 18:23:40 -0600 Report

wow can't get over that instructor saying those things, they need to be fired. nothing stupid about that at all. That instructor underestimated you. i did it, and i have known others who have too, anybody had told me that, i would have said to them, that they were stupid and i would have shown them that i could do it, and gone right back after losing weight and then a year later, and say look /i did it and you said it was stupid. Glad you have a great support system. You can do what you set your mind to.

tabby9146 2012-01-18 18:25:01 -0600 Report

I recently spoke to one of the diabetes educators that taught my classes, and it's been nearly 3 years since i went, and she said I was one of very few that could do what I did,and she praised me, and that is what they should do, praise when they need it, and support and encourage people. I get mad when I am insulted, and I would have walked out on that instructor for sure! LOL

northerngal 2012-01-16 13:33:46 -0600 Report

WOW. That sounds like one angry non-instructor. Tell her the definition of educator/instructor and advise her that you expect some semblense of "intruction" and not degradation, and negativity. She should at least be willing to hear exactly what changes you've made and try to assist in keeping to that plan. To also let you know what signs to look for to determine if its not effective. I think I'd be requesting a different one. She needs to be more flexible and accept that diabetes is not "one size fits all". we are individuals who have to figure out for ourselves what does and doesn't work. They are there for suggestions on what usually does and why, not to denigrate what you believe in.

gjkbear 2012-01-15 15:13:35 -0600 Report

If this is your lifestyle & you have made these changes I don't see what your diabetic educator is complaining about??? You didn't mention eating any kinds of meat but you are using yogurt & skim milk…I don't understand why she is berating you. You sound like you know your body & would add things if you felt deficient… Hang in there. Good luck with that surgery too.

JillStafford 2012-01-15 00:35:22 -0600 Report

Wow!! I am inspired by your concrete changes and committment to better eating. Sounds both smart and sustainable. Also sounds like your instructor is burned out and should maybe look for another job!!! Thanks for sharing your success.

hughsbayou 2012-01-14 10:38:03 -0600 Report

I think your instructor is stupid! Once you get this under control it is actually fairly easy to keep it that way. It is all about diet and exercise. And avoiding the standard American diet of edible foodlike substances. Low carbs, lean meats and good tasty salads and vegetables. Just like I ate when I was a kid (50 years ago). What supplements do you take? Be sure to try Benfotiamine ( synthetic B-1) it's cheap and has been used in Europe for years.

Caroltoo 2012-01-13 17:47:32 -0600 Report

Exciting news!!!

Jeanae 2012-01-14 10:04:02 -0600 Report

I thought so! But my diabetes class instructor belittled me in front of the whole class. The whole class turned on me. I was the only one in there that had not been diabetic for at least 10 yrs. They were all telling me that I would slip back just like they did and were actually acting like they couldn't wait. But they also said they were never giving up their fvorite foods, drinks… they were not good about taking their meds… I decided not to return to that class. I will look for a more positive, supportive group. They are a bunch of poor, poor me people that do not want to change, they just want to complain about their diabetes.

tabby9146 2012-01-18 18:27:33 -0600 Report

good for you! yep I would find another class too. I got some mean looks in mine on the last one, when my classes were a few weeks apart, and I lost weight every time I went to class, they could see the difference. some people are just hateful and it's very sad. I am hated by several people that I know, because I am not overweight anymore.

pixsidust 2012-01-17 22:49:51 -0600 Report

Oh I would write letters and send emails about that woman!!!
If it was in a hospital write the hospital administrators, nursing manager and any one else you might think appropriate. Follow up with it. If its you then its someone else! Put an end to that and maybe her as an instructor

northerngal 2012-01-16 13:42:59 -0600 Report

Perhaps this will encourage you. I've been diabetic for 40 years and the highest a1c was 7.5. I had a heart attack 2yrs ago and survived only because I was in good physical condition. (I do a lot of cycling during the warm months) and have counted carbs for some years. At the cardiac rehab that I attended, a therapist of 20years told me she'd never seen those numbers even in type 2 diabetics. Its hard work, but its also the only reason I'm still here. Thats proof how important control is. Its different for everyone, so you have to find what works for you and your lifestyle. There will always be rough patches, don't let it become permanent.

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 10:56:51 -0600 Report

I wonder if there is a governing body that could be reported to? This seems really ignorant and unprofessional behavior on the part of a trainer. If she is a licensed diabetic educator, you could send a letter of complaint to her licensing board. If a community college educator, for example, it might be harder to follow up on except through the hiring body itself.

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 13:41:05 -0600 Report

Jeanae, I really hope you will consider reporting her. You have the resources (us) to know differently, but many in her class won't and their health will be hurt by her assumptions and teachings.

Maja1959 2012-01-14 10:35:53 -0600 Report

Wow! I hear you! I would not go somewhere so negative either. Evidently they don't care about themselves. You know as obsessed as this may sound. I am a secretary. And I went from a diabetic to a heart pt just recently where I have to watch everything like a hawk. I use MS Excel and I keep databases of everything to monitor what is going on with me. I took and listed the days and what I eat down the side. I leave a line between days so I can tally each day. Then you know the nutrition list you find on all the foods I took a box of mac and cheese one day and I listed the nutritional labels across the top. Then for everything I ate on the left I went across and filled it in. Then at the end of the day I went to the top and highlighted to the bottom of that day for each row and totaled. It is easy if you know excel and work with databases. I think databases are a cool way to keep track of things. I have had some real eye openers with my heart lately and I have to realize that the most important thing in life is me. So I have to becareful how I fuel me. Sort of like a car. I also want to tell you that I just recently started taking cinnamin is last week of Aug when I started my heart problems I was 7.6 then and I was 6.7 in Nov. I did not exercise because I was so tired all the time. I just ok from doc to start walking my treadmill I can't see what it does since I am able to exercise. I am glad that you decided to seperate from these negative people. Best of luck to you!

byrun 2012-01-14 10:27:35 -0600 Report

5.9 is a good # and you have begun this journey quite well. My a1c was 15.2 @ diagnosis, 6.something @ 3 months and 5.4 @ 6 months. Keep doing what you're doing. It's working.

ankita_sh 2016-08-15 09:35:50 -0500 Report

Hi Bryun - can you share what you did to bring it down to 5.4? Have you been able to maintain since then?

Thank you in advance!

CaliKo 2012-01-14 10:27:21 -0600 Report

Your progress is excellent and don't let those people discourage you. You should be proud of yourself.