Increase in A1C without change in diet

By VaHermit Latest Reply 2014-03-16 17:24:17 -0500
Started 2014-03-15 16:39:23 -0500

My A1C has been consistent since my diagnosis in April 2011…4.5-4.6-4.4 and 4.5 2 were while on insulin the last two with diet only control. My last A1C in January this year was 6 and there has been no change in my diet. IF anything I eat better, drink less soda and exercise more. Anyone else have this problem or had it and know why? Sure would love to hear from all as I as well as my Doctor are puzzled.

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Type1Lou 2014-03-16 16:14:48 -0500 Report

In addition to stress and illness, which may/do affect blood glucose, the sad truth is that our bodies are also changing, which may affect how we process the food we eat. As I got older (now nearly 65), what had worked well in my 50's, I found no longer worked. In 2009-2010, I started experiencing lots of serious low BG"s, even though I basically ate the same and acted the same. My A1c's crept into the 7's while I had been able to keep it in the 6's in the past. My body was aging and required adaptations. I started pumping in 2011 and that has greatly helped. What I've learned through 38 years with diabetes is that it demands a constant adaptation. Learn as much as you can, test often and adjust accordingly. It is what it is.

Glucerna 2014-03-15 20:01:40 -0500 Report

I know this can be really frustrating. Like James said, stress and/or illness can cause blood sugar levels to increase. So can poor sleep, or being chronically tired. Have you had any changes in usual routine? ~Lynn @Glucerna

VaHermit 2014-03-16 17:16:23 -0500 Report

Thanks for this point of view. I had NOT thought much about stress and illness…there has been some of that. I tend to be very tired all the time and I do NOT sleep well but that is not NEW. The biggest change for me since Dx back in April/2011 is getting married in August that year and all the ups and downs that came with it. I guess I need to go back to the beginning and start over watching and recording what I eat and checking my blood sugar much more often. I do not exercise a lot I bowl 2 leagues every week and walk a little. Swim some in the summer but last summer and fall not so much as we had a lot of afternoon rain which keeps me out of the pool. Again thanks for pointing out these things…

jayabee52 2014-03-15 17:24:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Hermit!

This is nothing I have experienced myself.

The only thing which would spring to my mind immediately is a question regarding your health. BG levels (Blood Glucose) are affected by infections and/or imflammations. Or they can be affected by being emotionally upset, or depressed as well.

I pray you find the reason of this problem

James Baker

VaHermit 2014-03-16 17:22:12 -0500 Report

James…thank you I had really not considered the things you mentioned and I ask…do you have a "crystal ball"?? You hit the nail squarely…I have been very upset the last year and one half and have been depressed the last 6 months. I had been on medication which seemed to do NOTHING so I went off them with MD approval. I do not feel any more or less depressed with out the medication. Lots of food for thought. Not had any bad illness just a bought with cold/bronchitis so this could has affected my blood sugar. Thanks for your input.