By snuggles11 Latest Reply 2013-07-31 05:45:04 -0500
Started 2013-07-16 22:59:00 -0500

Hello I hope everybody's doing fine this evening
I wanted to talk about A-1 C number
I was diagnosed at the end of January of this year with type 2 And my A-1 C number in January was a 14 I finally had another A1 C test today and my number is now 7.3. Not real good but definitely better I have also lost 10 pounds still having high sugar levels in the morning my fasting there like 170
160 and 150 any suggestions of trying to get them down
Thanks Tammy

17 replies

Type1Lou 2013-07-19 14:04:56 -0500 Report

These are great results. Congratulations. An A1c in the 6's is considered "Good control" for a person with diabetes. You're not that far away…keep up the good work!

Nick1962 2013-07-17 17:57:22 -0500 Report

Congrats on the great work and the weight loss!

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Rebelove below. High morning numbers are usually (at least partially) due to what’s called “Dawn Phenomenon” or less attractively “liver dump”.
Your body will produce glucose and dump it into your system when it feels you are in danger of a low spell – like going an extended period without food to provide that glucose (like overnight).
It’s an automatic life-saving response that happens to everyone – if it didn’t, you’d risk hypoglycemic episodes and possibly a coma.

Eating a small amount of something higher in protein (celery sticks with peanut butter, a leftover chicken leg, etc) before bed gives your body something to work on during the possibly 12+ hours that you’re not feeding it overnight (which is way too long for a diabetic).

Hospitals often provide an “HS snack” for many patients for this reason. The HS stands for “hour of sleep” or more accurately the Latin term “Hora Somni” meaning “at bedtime” or “just before sleep”.

Rebelove 2013-07-17 09:29:13 -0500 Report

Good morning! I have to give it to you…an almost 7 point drop in your A1C in six months??? That's fantastic…congratulations! I pronounce myself IMPRESSED! :) Ok, calming down…lol. I have higher fasting bgls in the morning, too, and it doesn't seem to matter what my evening snack was. My doctor asked me to try this…don't eat anything 2 hours before going to bed. If you feel hungry, drink water, iced, hot, however you like it. Whatever you drink, it needs to be sugar-free. Some artificial sweeteners can also raise blood sugar levels, but you won't know which ones do that without experimenting.( Maltitol always does that to me.) Please keep me posted…I care! :)

Pureld 2013-07-16 23:16:13 -0500 Report

I have Type 2 as well. We use HbA1c in my part of the world. It's basically the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. It can be measured because glucose builds up in the haemoglobin of red blood cells. So if you are already testing yourself regularly you would have a good idea what your HbA1c would be.

It's the same as lowering your daily BG – low carb, exercise, reduce stress (cortisol can raise BG), take supplements, no refined foods, lots of fiber, activity.

peggy1255 2013-07-17 14:38:35 -0500 Report

I think your doing great:) be patient sometimes it's takes time to get those numbers down, but as other members have said your difinitely on track .

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