5 things to help improve your A1c

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-06-16 12:25:34 -0500
Started 2014-06-08 12:09:22 -0500

Here's a link to a post I saw on another diabetes site that I thought might be helpful. It also has a chart showing average BG's and what you can expect your A1c to be.


32 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:10:39 -0500 Report

Very good article. I really like the way she changed her thinking of her glucose levels. That helps, when we are not "ok" with certain numbers.

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-11 17:17:59 -0500 Report

So, after my fabulous 4.8 last year, I am over 12 and facing the worst now - I am deathly afraid of needles and am going for my DE session on how to begin insulin tomorrow. Only good thing - my doc noted my response yesterday when she told me [statue still, silent], and has assured me that IF I get my act together [and I say WHEN] I will be able to come off. So, back to the drawing board - here comes the cinnamon tea and string bean juice [you may know them as green beans - long & skinny with soft seeds inside, best eaten steamed or stirfried, not to be confused with snow peas]. And got to be more vigilant with my activity.

Type1Lou 2014-06-12 11:16:56 -0500 Report

I use green beans instead of pasta on MY plate when I make spaghetti for my husband…he loves his pasta. I just put my sauce on french-style green beans on my plate for a greatly reduced carb value. Most of the flavor is in the sauce anyway so I never miss the pasta! Lower carb = lower BG's for me.

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:11:31 -0500 Report

Wow, that is a huge swing in a year. What happened?

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-13 17:05:34 -0500 Report

My DE thinks it might be related to mega ramped up work and home related stresses. Not much can be done about work but I am taking my son for counseling starting on Monday. He is an only child, 9 and behaves like a teenager - aggressive, disrespectful and all that - started after he began attending a new school Sept 2012. All I ask is for you to pray for me. So far, the insulin seems to be ok with my body, but this is my first full day. Bruises every time I inject but no other prob. My DE called me this morning and I know I can call her, so I will conquer this beast. Going to have a cup of tea shortly but am feeling dehydrated - is that normal? It is very warm here, so i am still trying to figure it all out. I'm in Jamaica - summer all year round! Going to the beach for my relax tomorrow evening till Sunday evening.

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 10:05:16 -0500 Report

Yeah, I get the stress part. I am sorry your son is going though such a hard time. I know you will find some comfort in getting things worked through. My prayers are with you on that for sure.

I bruise too with the shots in my tummy, so I tend to shoot in my thighs instead when I can to prevent that.

What you might want to do also is drink decaf tea. Caffine can add to dehydration. Coconut water may help too, just watch the carbs.

Enjoy the beach, they are beautiful in Jamaica. I loved my visit there many years ago. Everything is just a little bit simpler there.

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-16 12:25:34 -0500 Report

I am actually fair skinned like you and look like a junkie with my bruises - LOL. I don't want to use my legs as one of my activities is swimming - at least the tummy is hidden! Going to take my son to counseling today. Will keep you in the loop.

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-09 16:47:42 -0500 Report

I'm a DM2, and don't have the same 'worries' but what helped me a lot was cinnamon. I take it in a tea form [and yes, I sweeten with a little brown sugar], and my HbA1C came down to 4.8!!! I have slipped a bit and am working on getting back to at least 6.5.

Pegsy 2014-06-10 08:05:57 -0500 Report

How much cinnamon do you take and how often?

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-11 16:53:20 -0500 Report

One teabag to make a cuppa once a day - have no idea how much cinnamon that equals! Was taking to a nonDM friend yesterday and she said to me that she sprinkled powdered cinnamon on her cooked sweet potatoes (the ones you call yams in the US), and her BG dropped dangerously low that she was about to pass out. I guess you have to start with a little and watch the effect.

Type1Lou 2014-06-09 16:51:02 -0500 Report

Glad you were able to get a handle on your BG's and 4.8 is/was awesome!..I don't think I'll ever get that low!

ochibeachgirl 2014-06-09 16:56:26 -0500 Report

My doc was actually shocked, as she did not expect me to be fine, fully functioning! I was great, not battling my usual insomnia and nerve pain in my toes - really need to get back somewhere there. Get oldr sucks - LOL!

Type1Lou 2014-06-09 16:59:12 -0500 Report

Getting older may suck but it sure beats the alternative…too bad we all can't be from Ork! I wish I could have the self-assurance I have now in my 60's in the body I had when I was 21 (before diabetes!)

IamBubbely 2014-06-09 12:46:44 -0500 Report

I've been doing GREAT! More exercise..really watching my diet..Went from a1c-7 to 6..Now I'm trying for under 6 and maybe no more Metformin.

Type1Lou 2014-06-09 15:09:45 -0500 Report

Keep up the good work! By making the right choices about diet and exercise, we're in a better position to control our diabetes!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-09 10:11:28 -0500 Report

Although I am type 2 and I hope/pray I never become type1 or need insulin I enjoyed the article. I always enjoy reading up on anything dealing with diabetes. I have wadeded through the good and the bad info along the way. Your article was very informative. Thank You.

Type1Lou 2014-06-09 15:13:14 -0500 Report

Glad you liked it! Being on insulin isn't so bad…in fact, in some ways I think it may be easier for me to manage my diabetes than someone on oral meds. Because I'm pumping and only use fast-acting insulin, I can "turn it off" if I'm going too low or will be exercising heavily; I can skip meals; if I'm high, I can increase my insulin either via bolus or basal to get my BG back down where it should be. Life is good and I hope I never have to give up my pump and go back to injections!

jigsaw 2014-06-09 20:27:02 -0500 Report

I went on insulin by choice! I got tired of reading about all the dangers and side effects of oral meds. As a matter of fact, i experienced quite a few unusual side effects. Within a little over a year, after stopping all oral meds, and going on insulin, the cysts on my pancreas disappeared! All side effects are gone. I do not experience any lows. I do believe that some oral meds can burn out your pancreas faster. This is what I was told by two different endos. In either case, I feel great, and I'm doing much better, then I did on oral meds.

I think it all depends on the individual as to which course is the best to take. Of course the best bet is to not need any meds, but I do not have that choice. Any method that controls your blood glucose, is better then having uncontrolled diabetes. The only reason that I have ever received from numerous specialists, for not prescribing insulin, is potential weight gain and the potential for lows! Unless you are allergic to it, there are no side effects.

So, I could go on, and on, but it's not for me to say whats best for anyone else, or vice versa. I am convinced that diabetes is a progressive disease, and I have successfully avoided all complications associated with it during during my 20 years of living with it. I'm not bragging, but I would like to hear from others that have had diabetes for 20 years or longer, managed to stay off meds, and avoid all complications. I have yet to meet one single person with diabetes that falls into that category. If you're all hiding, please come out and flood my gates with info!

It is just as important to be realistic and informed as it is to be positive!!!

haoleboy 2014-06-08 18:03:40 -0500 Report

although aimed at Type 1's … I loved that article … not enough people out there promoting more aggressive management. last A1c was 5.8. sort term goal is 5.6, long term I really want to get to 5.0 or less.


jigsaw 2014-06-08 16:29:03 -0500 Report

Good information Lou! I strive for an A1c of 6.0. Because that is my goal, I've only slipped up a couple of times, since being diagnosed.
I'm sure that anyone that's having a problem getting their A1c down to a healthy level can benefit from this link.

Type1Lou 2014-06-08 17:03:16 -0500 Report

6.0 is great. My last one was 6.8 and I'm trying to get it back into the low-mid 6's…next A1c in July and I think I'm making headway!

jigsaw 2014-06-09 20:38:03 -0500 Report

I'm routing for you! I'm sure, if that's what you really and truly want, then you will do it.