I feel MUCH better today and want to Thank You ALL for your support!!

By nanaellen Latest Reply 2012-03-22 23:47:19 -0500
Started 2012-03-18 22:20:21 -0500

Even my #'s are a LITTLE better today…but NOW I have a different question for you…How can it be that my A1C can be 5.9 if my daily #'s are so high?? I thought the A1C is supposed to be the average over a few months time??

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Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-03-20 07:16:39 -0500 Report

I'm glad you asked that question because that's exactly what happened to me. The time before last my A1C was 7.5 and this last time it was 6.0 and I couldn't understand that because I have had some higher BG numbers. The things is, like James is saying, I have many, many lows. That must be why my A1C was 6.0 . I go way low always. The clinic I go to was going to put me on Byetta if my A1C was 6.5 or higher to help my body use the sugar for energy and help my matabolism to increase so that I would lose weight. Since it was 6.0 they told me that I was normal now and not diabetic so I didn't need the Byetta. I'm really upset about them being so stupid. I check my BG often and most times my numbers are 180 - 200. In the daytime my numbers go way low down to 50-60. This would make my A1C look average even when it's really not. It's really frustrating. I am looking for a new doctor now because I have been approved for a much better program, hopefully they will take care of me properly.

nanaellen 2012-03-20 22:18:10 -0500 Report

Hey Teresa, Yeah unfortunately I know JUST what you mean. My Dr. listens but he's not hearing me!! I'm looking forward to June because we will FINALLY have an Endocrinologist Specialist coming to our local Hospital about now I'm just PRAYING that when she gets here I can get an appt.!! lol As many Diabetics as there are here I imagine that she'll be quite busy!! Hope you find someone for you too!!! What EXACTLY is Byetta?? Is it like a diet pill? I've been so depressed about everything I kinda got too relaxed about testing…sometimes I just DON'T want to know. I know that doesn't help but I'll get there sooner or later! Stay in touch, your friend,Ellen :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-03-22 17:53:57 -0500 Report

I am looking for a Endo. I recently have been approved for medical care financing. Glad that James answered the question about Byetta for you. I read the same article. Very good article about Byetta !!!

jayabee52 2012-03-19 21:42:41 -0500 Report

My late wife "Jem" often had Blood Glucose (BG) levels of over 300, but during the same time frame had an A1c of 6. When I asked her endo about it he stated that since the A1c is an average she was undoubtedly having some pretty low lows to bring her A1c down like that. The time is this ROLLING average is 3 mos (90 days).

She did have a lot of lows at night, and quite frequently got onto the BG "roller coaster" because she scarfed carbs like there was no tomorrow when she got like that. I was asleep and she didn't want to wake me to take her BG levels, so she ate cookies, candy and chips in bed when she got like that. I urged her to wake me whenever she felt lows coming on but she only did that once.

nanaellen 2012-03-20 00:56:43 -0500 Report

James my friend you are just a WEALTH of information!! lol You think maybe I should set my alarm for the middle of the night and test??

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-20 05:50:57 -0500 Report

Ellen, so glad you are doing better, I experience some lows so my alarm goes off at 1 am and there are times when I am munching pb crackers and drinking OJ in bed! Hugs! :)

jayabee52 2012-03-20 02:52:55 -0500 Report

That might be a good idea! It would tell you what, if anything is going on with your body in the middle of the night. Do you usually wake in the AM with Blood Glusose (BG) readings 145 and above? Perhaps then the dawn effect is going on due to your mid-nite lows. Do you do a just before bed test also? That would give you a more complete picture of what is going on overnight.

nanaellen 2012-03-20 22:28:39 -0500 Report

Hi James, Yes my FBS is usually above 190 but my before bed BS is usually about 250! And I know it's the wrong thing to do but I skip breakfast mostly because I don't want to have a shot. So I'm usually "normal" around lunchtime but I ALWAYS have to have a shot before dinner AND after dinner too! I'm gonna try to pay closer attention to what's happening at night. Maybe if I get that straight the rest will fall into place? I don't know but it's worth a try! Also gonna try that Biotin and Alpha Lipoic that Caroltoo and ValentineLady were talking about for my neuropathy. Thanks for all your help my friend!

jayabee52 2012-03-21 13:18:27 -0500 Report

I also am taking the ALA and Biotin as a support for the ALA. I also take a synthetic B-1 vit, called Benfotiamine for my neuropathy too. (I believe caroltoo does also). Read about it here ~ http://www.benfotiamine.org/ or here ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfotiamine

Not wishing to take a shot is understandable, but skipping breakfast is not a good idea no matter what the reason. EAT YOUR Breakfast and take the shot. Only then you may get your BGs under control.

Have you seen what I lengths to which I went to manage my BGs (without the use of diabetes meds)? If you haven't seen it I encourage you to check it out here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... For me it has been worth my efforts.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 13:57:54 -0500 Report

Yes, James, I take a capsule that has B1, B6, and B12, also 1000 mg of Niacin, and my D3 to name a few that might relate to this discussion.

Caroltoo 2012-03-19 00:34:06 -0500 Report

The A1c is an average of all your blood glucose values over about 3 months. Your daily readings are high because of the times you take them. It means that you have some lows going on at times (perhaps when you are sleeping) when you are not taking them.

I'm at a 5.7 and range from 80-125. Never get above 150, never go below 80. It just means that even though we have similar A1c scores, your range is much wider.