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!
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