Hard to get a1c under control

By mdelaney07 Latest Reply 2012-08-08 04:43:28 -0500
Started 2012-08-03 12:41:24 -0500

It seems hard for me to get my sugar as well as a1c under control..last doctor visit 7.8 & this last visit was 7.6. to me it seems as taking my medicine at times is hard to stay on track. I've had diabetes for 5 yrs and I still can't get hang of it. Any one there to help advice to eat right and not to break the bank eating healthy. I at times I feel lost in this sea of this.

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judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-08-08 04:43:28 -0500 Report

Your A1C is compilation of your blood sugars for usually a 3 month period. It gives the drs. an opportunity to see how well controlled you are on a day to day bases. As for eating and your schedule changing frequently have you tried taking your food to work with you? That way you will have what your need. A sandwich, some veggie sticks and fruit are easy to pack and eat. You can even divide your meals so they can become part of your snack. Yogurt is another great one. It gives you the protein you need. Cheese and crackers. etc. Good luck to you

cindygal1 2012-08-06 16:52:37 -0500 Report

MY last visit my a1c, 6.6 and I am hoping to keep it there it takes works and staying on course, I have it for 12 years and mine still goes up and down you have good days, good months, then you have off days, just keep workinig at it and you will suceed.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-06 06:05:02 -0500 Report

Welcome go DC! My initial A1c was 8.7 since then about 1 yr ago it's been 6.6. I went straight into a strict diet, initially would allow myself whole wheat pastas and brown rice, since the serving size was so small, about 1/2 cup I've pretty much have eliminated them from my diet now. I've eliminated all starches, including corn and potatoes, I exercise Monday through Friday at least 40 minutes a day! I don't eat certain fruits since they spike me. Lowering your A1c can be done, keeping it there takes hard work. Diet is not a one time thing, it's a way of life! Good luck!

IronOre 2012-08-07 21:56:35 -0500 Report

So how does whole wheat pastas compare to "normal" pastas.
I assume the carbs are less, and fiber is higher - but what about the taste?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-03 18:51:40 -0500 Report

As a T2, I simply do not eat a lot of carbs or starchy foods and got my blood sugar down from 9 to 7 in 6 months and it took several more months to get it to 6.9. Diabetes has to be taken care of but you have to be diligent and you have to want to lower your numbers. Taking care of yourself here and there is not going to help you.

Eating healthy does not mean you have to go broke. For what you spend on processed foods, especially veggies, you can buy fresh from a farmers market if one is near you or you could plan a trip to one. I buy fresh green beans, kale, collards that I cook and freeze in containers with enough to last at least two meals. I make large pots of soups and chili to last most of the winter. You can also freeze loves of bread. I have two loaves of wheat bread in the freezer now.

Two days before Thanksgiving, I buy winter greens and cook them, I make enough dressing and have a friend make mac and cheese for me and freeze it for Christmas. My sister eats the dressing and mac and cheese. I will have a spoonful. I also make and freeze large gravy in serving size freezer bags should she want gravy. I freeze just about anything cooked. I buy meats in bulk and I always have meat and a meal when money is low. Good luck and get back on track.

IronOre 2012-08-03 17:59:37 -0500 Report

To be quite frank with you, you really don't have much farther to go until you get below 7, which is what the ADA recommends.
I really can't say much on how you will get there, because I assume you are Type 2 and I am Type 1, and control things can be differnt.
A very basic thing that helped me is to eat less starchy foods; breads, pastas, potatos, corn, stuff like that.
Just don't let it get to you ~ The stress that it may be causing you could be worse than the consequnces of have a bit high A1C.

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-08-03 16:52:22 -0500 Report

Mdelaney07! Hello and welcome,

I'm sure u will find a wealth of info on here for this subject. U might even try doing a search of A1C and check out all posts that pertains to it.

As for me, I got my A1C down with 30 mins of activity per day. I've read your scheduling issue but if you can find 30 mins for a brisk walk (perhaps during a break) I work 3rd shift so when I come home in the am I get mine in. One day I run, one day I walk with weights and one day I ride my bike. Before you think I'm some athlete or something, let me tell u I just turned 50 years young!

When I'm able to get a good sweat in, you would think I was training for the Olympics but my gold medal IS management and lower A1C's. My doctor was impressed. So mdelaney07 do you feel like training for this fight and kick some diabetes butt? LOL it sound good to have that Rocky theme playing in the background.

My money is on you! Go for it!

mdelaney07 2012-08-03 14:12:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for advise so far…one problem as well is my work schedule is never the same it varies (work retail)…so it hard to stay on a set schedule… Why is it hard for some to get on track n stay n others its easy as a piece of pie?

Nick1962 2012-08-03 14:44:28 -0500 Report

Oh I never said it was easy :). But if you want something bad enough, you'll put the work into it. It became a hobby for me. I sometimes have a schedule like that, just need to remember to stop and eat at regular intervals - doesn't need to be a "meal" (I can usually snack myself through a whole day), just enough to give you the nutrition and energy you need until you have the next chance to grab something.

Nick1962 2012-08-03 13:47:56 -0500 Report

First, welcome to the party here!
I too was diagnosed about 5 years ago and have managed to get my A1c down to 5.2. I went through the steps of using a food journal for a while, and testing anything and everything I ate. I adopted a very low carb diet – sometimes called a “Paleo” diet and it’s done well for me keeping my numbers in line.
My food bill did jump a bit at first, but it leveled out again because I was actually eating less (needed to lose weight). My diet now is probably boring, during the week I eat basically the same thing each day (not very active weekdays), and I usually eat more on weekends when I can burn off any extra carbs and such. Getting into a routine helps a lot. Especially if you find and consume regularly those foods that don’t make you spike. Now it almost seems like some sort of “repair” is taking place, because foods/meals that would have pushed me over 200 a few years ago might not even spike me to 120 anymore. I think it may have something to do with me being kinder to my pancreas.
I could go on and on, but unless you have other health/medication factors in play, you should be able to get your numbers in line fairly quickly. It took me a while, but I didn’t have the folks here at DC at the time to help. Some here have managed in a matter of weeks to get A1c down, keeping it there is what takes the work.
So again, welcome, and start asking questions.

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