A1C

Turtle
By Turtle Latest Reply 2012-01-28 14:15:05 -0600
Started 2012-01-26 15:16:53 -0600

I had my new A1C done a few days ago. It was 6.3 !! That is an improvement from 6.6 I think. The guidelines written beside the results say my numbers are prediabetic. Come on now, why then do I get up in the high 200,s and low 300's at times? I found my bio-dad this week too. He said he has become type 2 diabetic. I had a great that was type 2 and passed away from complications. I think I will remain diligent and watchful for this "silent killer".


8 replies

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-01-26 22:50:11 -0600 Report

Hi, Turtle,

Pre-diabetes does exist; I was there for a number of years and, unfortunately, ignored it and became diabetic.

I think what you are speaking of though is different. My recent A1c said I was "in the BG range for pre-diabetes" also. For those of us who have the disease, that just means that our usual/typical BGs have moved back down into a range that would be considered Pre-Diabetic IF we had not already become diabetic. Since we are, the pre-d description serves only to tell us we are doing better again. It's not diagnostic for us.

Keep up the good work and keep that A1c moving downwards. You will feel better with each 0.1 decrease you see. Good job.

Carol

maclover1524
maclover1524 2012-01-26 22:23:32 -0600 Report

After studying and researching diabetes for over 9 years, I have come to believe there is no such thing as pre-diabetes. For a family physician to say you are pre-diabetic would be like an obstetrician saying you are pre-pregnant —- there ain't no such thing! Your post proves that when you report that you have had readings in the high 200's and low 300's. You are a diabetic and should be treated for diabetes. If you doctor continues to tell you that you are pre-diabetic…get a new doctor!

Diabetes is hereditary but just because you have the map doesn't mean you need to go on the ride. Diabetes can be prevented and reversed especially if you catch it early enough.

Yes, 6.3 HA1c is an improvement over 6.6 but you need to shoot for a normal blood sugar which is 4.5 to 5.4. An HA1c of 6.3 is equivalent to a daily average blood sugar of somewhere around 150! Your blood sugar during the day all day should be between 85 and 90 only.

Get the book, Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard Bernstein. I have no affiliation with Dr. B except that his book saved my husband's life. Good luck and God bless you!

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2012-01-26 20:26:08 -0600 Report

Turtle I suggest that you keep a journal with what you eat, time, how much and your BG readings. My journal is what taught me the foods that I need to avoid and I found that deep fried anything makes your BG keep raising for hours. Not all carbs are the same and as diabetics we do not react the same to foods.
At first it was a pain keeping my journal but it was very worthwhile.
Many here have suggested eating a bit of protein with all meals as it helps to slow the digestive process and level out the BG. This seems to be helping me too.
When do you test and what is your fasting test? Have you tested your meter against your drs for accuracy?

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-01-26 20:54:16 -0600 Report

Welcome back, Mary! Hope it was a good trip for you.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2012-01-26 20:58:23 -0600 Report

Thank you, it went well except my nephew cut off his finger and had to be rushed to Detroit to have it reattached. My brother in laws chemo and radiation therapy went well and he has surgery next month.

Kirla
Kirla 2012-01-26 17:50:13 -0600 Report

Do you remember what you ate when your numbers spiked to the upper 200 to 300’s. High carb starchy foods like bread and most things made of flour (both regular and whole grain), pasta, potatoes and most foods that contain a lot of sugar or carbs will spike your blood sugar. Just need to read the labels. I found by testing my blood sugar before and 1 hour after eating I was able to keep my blood sugar from spiking most of the time. Most days I hardly go over 140-150. It’s all about what we eat. Some people have success eating some protein with their meals along with cutting back on starchy carbs.

Turtle
Turtle 2012-01-28 14:15:05 -0600 Report

I check before every meal and before bedtime. As orderd by the dr. I use my insuline on a sliding scale as orderd by my dr. and I do not take any other meds. for my diabetes. I get very little exercise because a bad knee replacement has left me almost bedridden.

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