By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-11-26 10:14:48 -0600
Started 2013-11-26 00:16:10 -0600

Hi everyone, I just got my 2nd A1C done (first one from diagnosed) and it is …5.4!! I am very excited as is my Dr. So I was wondering when people say that diabetes is progressive, does this mean that it was only this low because I'm newly diagnosed and my pancreas is still working somewhat, does it go higher as the years go on? I'm sorry if I sound a little naive but I'm still learning about my new friend Type 2. Have any of you had pretty steady A1Cs, can you please share your experiences. :) God bless!!!

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Nick1962 2013-11-26 10:14:48 -0600 Report

5.4 is a great A1c! If you mean will you get progressively worse and have no choice – I’ll say that depends on you.

The progressiveness theory of the disease is based on a lot of old thinking, and if it were true you’d see a lot of people dying of “diabetic complications”. You don’t have to look far here to find people with years and years of T1 or T2 experience under their belts and still maintaining a decent A1c either controlled by diet or minimal meds. There are the helpless cases of course, and those who simply deny it, but they are getting few and far between.

So much has happened over the last 30 years to change the face of diabetes. Even though the drug Metformin was developed in the 20’s, it wasn’t introduced and used in the U.S. until 1995. Diets like the Paleo and Mediterranean were unheard of until the mid-80’s, and health and food science is at a level never seen before. The testing and monitoring technology we have currently would have been the stuff of science fiction back in the 70’s.

I have a positive outlook, and even though there are those that stomp their feet and turn blue in the face screaming it can’t be cured, I think before long it will simply be as manageable as nearsightedness.

Like I said, you have a great A1c there, and there is no reason, unless you develope some medical condition, that you can't maintain it by adjusting to your changing life in the years to come.

Glucerna 2013-11-26 06:54:47 -0600 Report

Congratulations on lowering your A1c so successfully. You're right that Type 2 is a progressive disease, but consistently managing blood sugar levels helps slow down the progression. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a diabetes education class, I encourage you to ask your doctor for a referral. They'll not only be able to answer your questions, but also help you learn how to best manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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