Concerned about A1c

By Chezblanche Latest Reply 2013-10-25 00:11:03 -0500
Started 2013-10-08 01:32:32 -0500

For a couple of years I have been known pre-diabetic with an A1c of 6.0 to 6.1
Last year it went up to 6.4 and I was concerned, but instead of losing weight due to stress factors I gained it. Three months ago I went for an A1c and other blood work and was astonished it was at 6.7 and having a new doctor, I wished to try diet and exercise to get it back down to pre-diabetic. I met with a nutritionist, of course, but was getting about 10% of that diet control information. Also, I began college and have been changing my sleep and eating patterns. One of the things I did under the new stress was begin to eat ice cream around 9 PM— rich ice cream although I have dropped bread. Still, my eating habits overall had not changed overmuch except timing. I have awakened with night sweats a couple of times that seemed like low blood sugar episodes. I do not know if this is the deal. However, I was shocked and scared to discover my A1c had jumped to 8. That is the second reading of the A1c and the diagnosis of diabetes. Now, I'm really scared and, of course, told the doctor to let me have 3 more months before taking meds as I have so many issues with medications ( allergies). There is a strong history of diabetes in both sides of my family; however, I just recently have become diagnosed. What can I do with diet and exercise and stress factors ( school being one). I am overweight as well and am hypertensive under stress, but, again, deal with issues of side affects. I wish to get the weight off again. I gained 35 pounds since last July 2012. Now, all the factors are staring me in the face and I need some real strategy in dealing with the diagnosis. Realizing some will say start meds, I have to say I hope I can readjust the situation by staying determined to be careful with diet and exercise. Exercise has become mere walking the last two years and less than I would like ( I am changing this to the 30 minutes, at the very least, a day). So, hello out there and a *hug* to those who need it as I do at this moment of need for real change! Scared I am at this moment in time!

8 replies

GabbyPA 2013-10-08 19:28:09 -0500 Report

Take the next 3 months to show yourself and your doctor that you can get the numbers going the right direction. Start with little steps and add to the good things you already do. I know you can do it.

Chezblanche 2013-10-24 23:56:45 -0500 Report

~Thank you, Gabby! Yeah, I am so there now… it's the life choice and quality of life and am going to do it— for sure!!

kimfing 2013-10-08 16:24:38 -0500 Report

Welcome. Yes, Ice cream isn't a good choice. I agree to choose yogurt, but they do have a lot of carbs. I eat Carb Master yogurt from Kroger which has 4 carbs per serving and they have a lot of variety. I also use carb master milk by Kroger which is 3 grams of carbs per 8 oz. Tastes just like milk. check out the ultra low carb recipes on this site. some of them are pretty good. Good luck. I wouldn't wait to get bs under control. Long term effects to think about.

Chezblanche 2013-10-24 23:59:40 -0500 Report

Kimfing, thank you! Yeah, big D'UH on ice cream, lol. I appreciate your comment and thank you for the suggestions! I do think of long term effects due to my father's death at age 69 due to complications and more recently the death of my double cousin who had complications in his late 50's. It is the real deal for me to get s.e.r.i.o.u.s.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-08 16:08:53 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC.
Very much a fellow stress eater…OK, must admit an eater due to almost any reason…happy…glad…sad…awake…have never been aware of sleep eating…
Finding saver foods to sub for foods that don't help with keeping BG and A1c lower has really helped me. You could try greek yogurt for ice cream. I try fruity varieties with less than 18 carbs per serving. Any higher carb count gives my BG a bump that I don't need. Sometimes I'll mix some whipped cream cheese in and a small dollop of sour cream for a cheese cake effect. Makes a very tasty and (for me) safe BG treat.
Great to hear you have started making changes. Are you testing what food does to your BG? For example testing before eating and then every 30 minutes for a couple of hours after eating. This was the biggest help for me. It showed that potatoes, corn, rice, and wheat are not really foods I should eat. Since each person with diabetes (PWD) has different foods that spike there BG it helps to learn what food does to you.
I certainly can understand your not wanted to go with meds as a first option. It might help to jump start your system, though. I was placed on metformen for awhile. Plus needed insulin while in the hospital. But have been under prettty good control for now with changing the food I choose to eat. Sometimes no matter how hard someone tries their body is not making enough insulin or isn't able to use what they are making, so need the help of meds or additional insulin.

Chezblanche 2013-10-25 00:03:51 -0500 Report

~Thank you, Graylin…yeah, STRESS! I'm in school full time as a student… and doing a lot along with the life issues of my mother's recent stress. The other night I wasn't feeling well and my blood pressure was a whopping 266/125— VERY scary. Fortunately, it was scary enough I started taking the blood pressure med and it's relatively down though still experiencing stress. I'm definitely going to continue to moniter the bs. Thanks for your suggestions on better choices for a sweet treat. I'm scared now for quality of life and the realization only I can make it happen. I'll re-evaluate blood sugar medication in two months when I get the next A1C . Thanks for the welcome.

Nick1962 2013-10-08 11:29:38 -0500 Report

First, welcome to the group!
Second, I think you already know what you need to do. Ditching the ice cream for a healthier night snack is pretty much a gimme here, and finding some better overall diet options will sure help.
You’re an admitted stress eater, so a nutritionist can’t really help with that. Working on ways to reduce the stress goes hand in hand with diet. This is something we all go through. Walking is a good way to help that and maybe if you could up that to an hour 5 days a week you might just find both stress and diet becoming a little easier to deal with. I’m sure others here will also have some excellent options too.

Chezblanche 2013-10-25 00:11:03 -0500 Report

~Thanks, Nick! Your suggestions are great… and, yes, to ditching ice cream totally and all the other gimme foods. I know what I need to do; however, it is the doing it that is important. Walking is the way to begin an exercise routine and I've been lacking more activity. I'm definitely increasing the activity as I like motion and muscles … I let myself go for whatever reasons we do that …and am taking solid control as I do wish for quality life rather than dying at age 69 like my father did with diabetic complications though in his youth and older age he was active and even a coach. Yeah, it's the real deal. Thank you for you kind response and suggestions— I appreciate that!!

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