My a1c is 7.3 Should I start the medicine ?

By gift_fightto Latest Reply 2016-10-04 18:38:24 -0500
Started 2012-08-31 18:42:22 -0500

Well I had Dr appointment at the begin of this month and found out that my a1c is 7.3 and he didn't put me on the med yet … Well I try to control on my diet but seem like my blood glucose still high and I would like to try to get pregnant soon that why I wantto be on med …also after I eat I got headache or not feeling good but it will go away. I have to get up in the middle of the night and go to the bathroom. I called the doctor last Monday and ask him to put me on the med but seem like he dosen't want to do it so he wants to see next Tuesday and discuss … Whatever !!! Do u guys think I should be on the med ? And if my doctor dosen't listen to me what should I do ?

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MoeGig 2016-10-04 18:06:08 -0500 Report

7.3 is too high. You need to be under 7. You must be type 2. I believe you can't diet your way down below that. Some kind of meds are needed. My father was T2 and after trying all the stimulative meds like metformin, etc, they finally put him on a nominal shot of 10 units of Lantus insulin once per day. A basic simple solution…was best for him. (if you're lacking insulin, why not take insulin…why fool around with all these other types of stimulative drugs that have side effects). I'm not a doctor, it's only my opinion after 59 years of being Type 1.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2016-10-04 18:35:39 -0500 Report

Your wrong I was at 9.9 I was on pills for 5 weeks got down to 6.9 in 5 weeks then I went solo on diet and losing wieght with 3 m0nths I was at 5.2 and able to keep it at up and doun 4,9 to 5.4 and now Im at aliitle over a year it can be done it jus takes hatd work so never say never cause Iv done it

awakening2health 2012-09-07 17:23:07 -0500 Report

It may well be your desire to get PREGNANT that is influencing your doctor. If you are trying to get pregnant the choice is really only INSULIN I think (injections).

Lifestyle intervention programs are twice as effective as medications at reaching treatment goals.

Check out the ADA webiste on lifestyle intervention programs.

techguy87114 2012-09-02 19:50:31 -0500 Report

I would continue to discuss with your doc. There are reasons you are not on the meds yet. Just ask and you may find out- most likely is he doesn't feel it necessary for meds yet. 7.3 isnt too bad and isn't a threat yet.

Harlen 2012-09-01 20:24:57 -0500 Report

There is a need for a lot more info befor one would be able to make that decision
theres a lot to know .Your doc may wish to see if you can control your intake of carbs .You pay your Doc a lot of money to help you work with D so give them a shot at working with you ??
Meds may not be what you need ???
Do what your doc tells you as close as you can and give it so time to see whats what .
keep a log of what your doing and show your doc so he can see just how close your keeping to what you need to do.
Best wishes

Kirla 2012-09-01 18:57:35 -0500 Report

Most doctors will put you on meds. Blood test are needed to see if your liver and kidneys are ok. He might be waiting for the test results before giving you the meds. I took meds for about 2 months. By changing how and what I eat I was able to quit them after 7 weeks. Most low carb diets will help with blood sugar control. This is what has helped me. Maybe it can help you and again it may not.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I test 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

possyman 2012-09-01 12:18:44 -0500 Report

I was able to lower my A1c from 10.7 to 5.7 using magnesium(slo-mag) chromium picolinate,B-12, benfotiamine, turmeric, and cinnamon…
They all come in pill form at a health food store or on-line.
Good luck and you should talk to your doctor before using these.
By for now:

Nick1962 2012-09-01 12:05:46 -0500 Report

As Joyce suggests, if you really feel you need the medication, you can probably "shop" doctors to find one who will prescribe it. Personally, I would do everything in my power to avoid it.
I noticed in one of your responses here that you had high morning numbers when you didn't eat much. That is called "Dawn Effect" and your numbers were high because you didn't eat. Try a higher protein snack before bed.
This tells me you don't quite have your diet dialed in yet, so I would keep trying with the diet and exercise, and only use the meds as a last resort. But that's just me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-31 19:46:45 -0500 Report

hi gift. My B/G was 8.4 when I was diagnosed and my doctor put me on 500mg Metformin immediately. I can't say whether or not you should be on meds. However, if you feel you should be, ask why you are not on them. You can also ask him if he wants you to try to control your B/G with diet and exercise.

Your doctor actually works for you because he is paid by you or your insurance company. If you feel he/she doesn't listen or you don't trust his/her opinion, or do not like the care provided to you, change doctors. Make sure you sign a release with your doctor so the new doctor can get your medical records.

You are on the right track when you go Tuesday, take a list of questions with you. Ask them and listen to what the doctor says. If you feel the answers are not what they should be find another doctor. Good luck to you.

gift_fightto 2012-08-31 20:47:15 -0500 Report

Thank you .. I have been controlling my diet but I don't think that I did good enough also I have hypothyroid … I just to be more healthy I feel bad when I check my blood glucose in the morning and it was so high even I didn't eat much …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-31 20:56:49 -0500 Report

It is good that you are controlling your diet. If you feel you need more help with that, you can ask your doctor to set you up with a dietitian. My doctor sent me to one but the woman was awful. Thankfully my neighbor is a Certified Dietitian who helped me a great deal. I hope you get the answers you need.

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