New A1C

By Controlled Latest Reply 2012-07-02 16:39:03 -0500
Started 2012-06-26 14:48:34 -0500

I received the results for my A1C today. This is my third consecutive result at 5.3 or lower. I've managed to remain off of medication (which is a choice and not "the" goal for everyone) and think I have figured out the right balance of diet and exercise for controlling BG.

It admittedly takes a lot of work but as many others here can show you, many of us are able to manage this condition.

34 replies

alesiafae 2012-07-02 12:53:45 -0500 Report

Awewweeeeeeesome!!!! Share your regime. What are you eating and what type of exercise are you doing? I'm very happy for you! God bless!

Controlled 2012-07-02 16:39:03 -0500 Report

Of course I'll "share." I started walking. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I still think that's one of the best exercises. In time I started going to yoga. Now I attend yoga classes twice a week for an hour each class. I also ride a stationary recumbent bicycle at least three times a week. What I've learned is that you should totally ignore the "no pain, no gain" mentality. I have neuropathy so I have to be careful about the activities that I do. I am certain that just keeping moving is the answer. A few minutes walk a day to start is great.

To simplify matters regarding eating; by and large, avoid as many things as you can with labels. I eat raw and grilled vegetables and lean meat. If you're more ambitious than I am, you can look at many of the recipes on this site. I tend to just barbeque enough food for several days and eat the remaining things as close to raw as possible.
You can see that by doing this, you're automatically eating a "low carb" diet.

I don't have cravings for sweet things but if I do I use Stevia. So, as simple as this sounds, this is what has worked for me. More than anything, just be patient with yourself and view everything that you're doing as a reward rather than a penalty. Any step you take to take care of your health is a good thing. It's not a contest. This condition is such a personal thing that treatment for it is also highly personal.

tabby9146 2012-06-28 10:15:02 -0500 Report

congrats!! I seem to stay at 5.4 but wish I could get it even lower. I do the same as you. control by diet and exercise, so far so good, though I know it won't last forever.

chayogarza 2012-06-29 11:00:29 -0500 Report

wow awesome i congratulate everone that could control with diet n rxcercise i cant . hunger gets me everytime

n2late 2012-06-27 11:00:40 -0500 Report

Your A1C numbers are wonderful and no meds … great job this makes me feel
hopeful that I can mange to get off meds also .

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-27 05:41:03 -0500 Report

This is great congratulations on your A1c! It take hard work and then more hard once you reach your goal! Again nice JOB!

dj7110 2012-06-27 02:11:19 -0500 Report

Congrats!! Hopefully I can say about the same some day.. mine has improved a bit though.. was 9.7 just the other day. Had a scary one last yr of unreadable do to being too high last summer and lab told my doctor they could not read it. I've been making improvements in right direction since as it was over 11, than 10.4 and now the 9.7. My goal I'm hoping for is 7 and below for me.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-26 22:10:11 -0500 Report

Well Done!!!!!!!!!!

Controlled 2012-06-26 22:20:09 -0500 Report

Thank you!
I just hope that each one of our little victories encourage each other.
It's easy to get sidetracked, frustrated and depressed with this condition
(as you know).

old biker
old biker 2012-06-26 22:34:00 -0500 Report

Oh yes I know!! This a great place to come and recharge your batteries when they get low,,There is a lot of positive energy given off by the people here.. When one wins we all win