A1c. Is 12.5. Help

cplape
By cplape Latest Reply 2013-08-22 18:47:48 -0500
Started 2013-08-20 21:21:40 -0500

My last results were 13.7 and my results this time 12.5 I need help with my diet


5 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-08-22 18:47:48 -0500 Report

It's also not just carbs, but portion sizes of other foods. Everything we consume turns into either a fat or sugar and is stored in our bodies. So I have found that even if I eat healthy choices, if I eat too much of it, I still can have high numbers. So as everyone has stated, finding a way to track your carbs is important. Here is my favorite video on carb counting. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-videos/general/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting He makes it very easy to understand.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-08-22 14:00:49 -0500 Report

To add to the already excellent replies, I'd encourage you to become "Carb Aware". How many carbs do you now eat per day? Try to reduce that amount, a bit at a time, and you should see better A1c's and some weight loss. The weight loss may increase your insulin sensitivity (as a Type 2, your body still produces some insulin); increased insulin sensitivuty will help in your diabetes management. Read all of the food labels for items that you eat to determine serving size and carb content…you'll be surprised that some of the things have smaller serving sizes than you think and some items like Lo-fat or No-fat versions of a food (like salad dressings) have more carbs than the regular version. I love bread and have found it difficult to entirely give up but now, I buy only thinly sliced bread and limit myself to one slice. I'm not crazy about pasta but my husband loves it. When I make spaghetti, I serve his sauce over pasta but my sauce goes over french-style green beans or spaghetti squash…lots fewer carbs for me. Welcome to the group. There are tons of great ideas here for coping with our diabetes!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-08-21 08:46:04 -0500 Report

In addition to the already excellent responses, I’d add if you’re a coffee drinker, cut back on that as well. For me it seemed to mess with my metabolism and I was constantly hungry.

Cutting back on breads and starches like pasta and rice is necessary too.
As we get older our dietary needs change, as well as our ability to process foods efficiently, so we need to change with it. Now that doesn’t mean you need to make yourself miserable on some diet you won’t follow for long, but at least look at some things you could live without or cut back on to once a week or so. You’d be surprised to find once you start cutting stuff out just how much you eat out of plain habit than desire or need.
Oh, and, welcome to the group!

BroadwayGirl
BroadwayGirl 2013-08-20 22:47:01 -0500 Report

Well first congratulations in getting it down over a full point! It looks like you're headed in the right direction. The best thing you can do it test your sugar a minimum of 6 times daily and then also if you feel hi or low. Also try to stick to lean meats without skin (like skinless chicken) and eat your fruits and veggies. Try to avoid all soda if possible(for lows I drink juice). And just keep working at it, it takes time.