Lowered my A1c 8 points in 90 days!

By SCLWKR Latest Reply 2012-08-13 23:46:25 -0500
Started 2012-01-22 23:23:51 -0600

DC Pals, I have good news!! Got my test results back and in 3 months I have brought my A1c from 14.2 down to 6.7!! My Doc wanted to see it below 7 so I am happy. I know I have a way to go to get it in the 5 range, but I know I can do it! Thanks for all of your support!

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draco59 2012-01-25 11:57:09 -0600 Report

That is one big drop!!!! That's great, do you do it with diet and exercsie only or are you on meds. too? Still great job, keep up the good work.

SCLWKR 2012-01-25 23:38:32 -0600 Report

Metformin, glipizide, exercise (waliking 4-6 days a week from 20 to60+ minutes each time, and close attention to diet. It wasn't really difficult, I like the things I am supposed to eat. My Doc just cut back on my glipizide (yeah!!).

maclover1524 2012-01-26 22:32:26 -0600 Report

Glad to hear your doctor reduced your glipizide. Why not ask him/her if there is something else they could try instead of glip? Ask him/her about the glipizide and how it works. From my experience, glipizide makes the beta cells work harder to produce more insulin. This can lead to early beta cell burn out. Better if the doctor gave you something that would assist your cells to become less insulin resistant. And, of course, low carb eating will also lower your blood sugars — do not eat low carb without consulting with your doctor. He/she will want to lower your meds if you are on a low carb menu. Good luck and God bless you!

Caroltoo 2012-01-26 15:28:09 -0600 Report

Congratulations … good A1c, but especially glad to heare you can use less of the medications! That's progress towards being self sustaining!!

draco59 2012-01-26 14:03:14 -0600 Report

Good for you, my problem is I don't like what I'm supposed to eat…

maclover1524 2012-01-26 20:18:13 -0600 Report

You are not alone. Doctors tell people to lose weight and exercise but they never tell patients WHAT to eat. My husband is a type 2 for over 30 years. aobut 9 1/2 years ago it got so bad that he couldn't walk over 75 feet because of the painful neuropathy, weight was 280 pounds, insulin was 43 units, profuse hypoglycemia at night - had to cover pillow with bath towels, he was irritable and angry most of the time. Read the book, "Diabetes Solution" by Richard Bernstein, M.D. and our lives changed. That was 9 years ago. Within 8 or 9 months my husband lost 80 pounds, he came off of insulin in about 3 months, came off of neurotin for the neuropathy pain, he has walked in 2 5K races and finished, and lately lost more weight. He is now at 183 pounds within 3 pounds of a total weight loss of 100 pounds. Low carb diet and exercise. Read Gary Taubes, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and his latest book, "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It' also Jonny Bowden's "Living the Low Carb Life" All great books. God Bless you. This is one disease that YOU can control.

draco59 2012-08-07 09:35:07 -0500 Report

Thank you. I really appreciate the advice and help. I’ll be looking for the book.
Thank you again

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-08-07 11:51:00 -0500 Report

You are so very welcome. I is my passion in life to make sure that other diabetics do not suffer needlessly the horrible affects of diabetes.

You can get Dr. B's book from the library as well as Gary Taubes books and Johnny Bowden. Reading these books will enable you to see that diabetes really IS in your control and you CAN change what is happening to you.

Good luck! Keep us posted as to how you're doing.

draco59 2012-08-09 21:21:59 -0500 Report

Hi Cat,
The book is "Diabetes Solution" by Richard Bernstein, M.D, I haven't read it yet, but will, check your library and books by Gary Taubes books and Johnny Bowden. I just haven't had time to look. Our library carries audio books, for down load.
If you get to them before me, let me know and I'll do the same…
Take care… :)

SCLWKR 2012-01-27 01:32:57 -0600 Report

I am meeting with a nutritionist (through Kaiser) tomorrow to develop a meal plan specific to my needs. I am really looking forward to it. I took the Diabetes education and food classes now I'm doing a noe on one.

draco59 2012-01-26 20:59:01 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing, I'm having a very hard time losing weight, my Cardiologist is talking about gastric bypass surgery. I'll get the books this week.
BTW, what is the site your talking about, newbie here, if it's no bother.

SCLWKR 2012-01-27 01:35:30 -0600 Report

I agree with maclover 1524, the bypass is bad news. I know so many people who have had it done with severe complications AND many regain the weight in 2 years.

draco59 2012-01-27 08:51:31 -0600 Report

Thank you for your input, I appreciate it………… :)
I go to the cardiologist next week, we'll see what he says. Last year I was half way thru the insurance requirements, when the surgeon went back to where he came from. There’s a new one now.

maclover1524 2012-01-26 21:39:20 -0600 Report

Please, please, please, rethink the gastric bypass surgery. Get these books. I think they may save your life! That is not overstating it. They saved my husbands life. One doctor at the Cleveland Clinic told my husband recently that he would have been dead by now if it hadn't been for my research and the program I developed for him from that research.

Gastric bypass surgery carries a huge risk especially for the diabetic. It should be done as a total last result. There are complications to this surgery which I am sure your doctor has discussed with you. There is a better way.

draco59 2012-01-26 21:55:57 -0600 Report

My wife had it done, over 27 yrs. ago, when it first came out. The complication she developed, pernicious anemia. The put her on B12 shots for a while and know takes it sublingual. She’s gain and about 35% back. But I’ll read the books, I promises, thank you again.

Caroltoo 2012-01-26 15:29:50 -0600 Report

That's a challenge. I'm still trying to learn to eat salads and not making too much progress, but otherwise have just had to get used to eating more vegetables. I'm learning that one. What don't you like?

draco59 2012-01-26 17:11:50 -0600 Report

Salads I'll eat, but there kind of my own making. In the vegie department, no much real. Celery, corn, greenbeens that about it. Fruits, I like apples (granny smith), grapes, some of the berries, When we we’re in Kauai, they had this thing called and apple banana, I loved them. Can’t get them here. Also found a new liking for “fresh” pineapple.
I Come from an Eastern European back ground, fresh lamb, pork, breads, well you get it. But my big down fall is chocolate, esp. dark, I love the stuff, I'm trying my best. Going to start Feb 1st.

Caroltoo 2012-01-26 20:01:09 -0600 Report

Yes, apple bananas and fresh pineapple are wonderful. Eastern European is great: love lamb, pork, beef, hummos, pita, and chocolate. I'm not willing to give up dark chocolate either, so I buy a big bar and limit myself to no more than one square a day. Doesn't affect me badly and I don't feel deprived. I've gotten now to where it's an occasional reward rather than a daily need.

draco59 2012-01-26 20:41:56 -0600 Report

I buy the Hershey mini drak chocolate, I get 5 picese a day, in the morning. Just wondering, do you know how I can get apple bannans here on the main land?

SCLWKR 2012-01-27 01:38:42 -0600 Report

I am in love with Muscle Milk. 230 calories for the 14 oz bottle, 25 (!) grams of protein, just 3 grams of sugar and only 19 carbs. The chocolate flavor is DELICIOUS!

Caroltoo 2012-01-26 20:50:11 -0600 Report

I think banana trees grow from a spreading root system, at least I've always had more than one at a time. You are in the SW, so weather would be ok. Do you have a spot you could plant one? I could see if I could find a root/shoot in a local nursery. Ag. inspectors might have a fit … they seem to be as picky about what leaves here as what comes in. Maybe check a horticultural service on the mainland. They won't ship seeds or plants here, but you might find a source there. Try googling apple bananas to see if you could find a mainland resource for the fruit itself.

draco59 2012-01-26 21:09:44 -0600 Report

I live in the panhandle of Texas, very hot, dry summers, but we did bring a little choke cherry tree, when we were there in 08, bought it at the airport. Were growing it in the house. I Well look at our local nursery’s here.
Thank you, I wouldn't want you to get in trouble… :)

draco59 2012-01-27 16:04:54 -0600 Report

I know, My wifes a pediatric nurse and I'm a MLT as well as a Cad Tech. So It should be hard to find work. But maybe some day, Dreams, they keep us going…

Caroltoo 2012-01-27 19:58:00 -0600 Report

Actually medical personnel are in short supply here…you might check it out for Oahu. The other islands don't have as much. I advertised for a nurse in one of the programs I managed for over 2 years and never filled it, because all went to the higher paying hospital positions.

jigsaw 2012-01-24 18:51:50 -0600 Report

That's not good news, that's GREAT NEWS!!! I congratulate you with much admiration. I really don't think you'll have a problem reaching your goal with these kind of results.

2012-01-24 16:50:17 -0600 Report

PLEASE SCLWKR, tell me how you did that. I'm looking for different ways to lower my A1C. It's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!! I just want to know something. Are you a magician or something? My doctor would love to see mine below a 9. You my friend are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!! No 2 ways about it!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Right now I'm sitting at an 11.3)

m0stwanted 2012-01-24 09:11:43 -0600 Report

Sitting at 14.8 right now. Doc wannts me to be around 11 when I go back for a f/u next month. Not sure what all needs to be done to get it lower (and keep it there), but am hoping to be able to say the same as you. At least I know it can be done.

jigsaw 2012-01-24 18:58:38 -0600 Report

There is no doubt that it can be done! It takes good professional medical guidance, getting informed as much as possible, and the desire and determination to do it. With those ingredients, I believe it's a win, win combo!

Caroltoo 2012-01-23 22:39:48 -0600 Report

Congratulations, Sherrie. That took hard, consistent effort. Good job!

pixsidust 2012-01-23 17:18:13 -0600 Report

Now thats something to sing about
:-O La la La!!!!!
Congrats girlfriend!

jigsaw 2012-01-24 19:04:24 -0600 Report

obla-di obla -da life goes on bwaa La la la——-la life goes on! Now thats better! Do you recognize it?

pixsidust 2012-01-25 15:57:50 -0600 Report

Hey I am a Beatles fan. I used to be embarrassed to sing this in school choir though because of the part where they scream out the word bra. I was mortified

jigsaw 2012-01-25 17:21:46 -0600 Report

Thats why i spelled it bwaaa ! I was embarassed !!! Just kidding, I didn't want offend anyone. Of course all the ex cool Beatle fans Knew what I meant.

Young1s 2012-01-23 10:41:02 -0600 Report

Congratulations Sherrie!! Yes you can do it so keep plugging away. Hope things are still going great for you at work.

DeanaG 2012-01-23 10:32:33 -0600 Report

I lowered mine from 12.3 to 7.6 in my first 3 months, I know how much work it takes. ;-)

jigsaw 2012-01-24 19:10:25 -0600 Report

That's dealing your diabetes a knockout punch! A big congratulations and a hug for you as well !!! Keep up the good effort, I've been doing it for 17 years and I hope to do it at least 17 more.

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