How to lower A1C

By DeLui64 Latest Reply 2014-09-22 18:18:54 -0500
Started 2014-09-21 13:11:15 -0500

Hi Everyone! My hubby is Type 2 and recently the Dr ordered 2 more medications because his A1C is elevating (one is Humalog and the other is Jardiance). Does anyone know what may help lower his A1C other then diet and exercise which he is already working on? He is stubborn, so I have to help where I can! Thanks!

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jayabee52 2014-09-21 17:03:34 -0500 Report

Howdy DeLui
You say your hubby is stubborn. May we infer from that that he has a bit of denial going on with him? If so that makes it all the more diffucult to help the man you love.

You may wish to look at this from WebMD about the side effects of Jardiance ~ so that you know and are aware of what to look for when taking this medication. Since he is taking insulin, you also may wish to learn about the signs of a low (aka"hypo") here ~
Livestrong comes at it from a slightly different angle here ~

Once you notice a hypo event, you also should know the best way to counteract said event. that can be found in the rule of 15/15 which can be found here ~

Really there is no safe way to lower one's A1c. It takes time (generally A1c is done every 90 days) and faithful adherence to medications and dietary limitations, and exercising.

I pray that hubby will get his A1c down with his next test.


DeLui64 2014-09-21 18:52:09 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52! Thank you so much for your information. My husband is on only 5mg of Jariance…I heard the recommended is 10mg. I will keep an eye on him and he is wise enough to know how to handle low blood sugar should that happen. I will also check out the other websites you posted. Thank you!

jayabee52 2014-09-22 02:23:25 -0500 Report

Please call me James! It is good to know your hubby knows how to handle low BG, however it is good for you to know it too as if he dips too low he may need help to at least call 911.

Some have reported the low came on so fast that they really didn't know what happened until they woke up in the hospital ICU, sometimes days later

Better safe than sorry.

Glucerna 2014-09-21 15:33:38 -0500 Report

This is a good discussion to have with your husband's physician, or ask for a referral to a diabetes educator. She'll evaluate everything you and your husband are doing right now to manage diabetes, and give you additional suggestions on changes you can make. ~Lynn @Glucerna

DeLui64 2014-09-21 18:55:26 -0500 Report

Lynn, My husbands endocrinologist has referred him to a nutritionist who we will be seeing in October. I am sure this will help both of us out. Thanks!

Glucerna 2014-09-22 18:18:54 -0500 Report

Excellent! I'm glad you have an appointment already set up. Let us know what you learn from talking with the dietitian. ~Lynn @Glucerna

brazosbelle 2014-09-21 15:13:49 -0500 Report

Yes, there are nutritional supplements that actually work. Both I (as T1) and my husband (as a pre-diabetic) have been helped.

RebDee 2014-09-21 13:46:28 -0500 Report

I recently had bariatric sleeve surgery (after a 12 week course for bariatric surgery and a 6 week course in Mind and Body) and at almost one month post surgery, my blood sugars are stable at 131, my cholesterol and triglycerides are within normal range, and my blood pressure is down from 142 to 121 and I have lost 20 lbs so far and gone down 3 dress sizes. I am feeling better than I have in about 10 years - and I was an insulin pump Diabetes 2. I now take no medication for diabetes.

Of course, right now I am still in stage 3 and about to start stage 4 of my post surgery diet but I am energetic, love walking (never could say that before), and certainly less depressed than I have been in many years. I am wonderful.

On Monday, I went to my first post Bariatric surgery meeting and saw two people that I had not seen in several years. I could not believe the difference in their looks. They were beautiful and I can't wait to "catch up" to them in weight loss. One I didn't recognize at all and the other I recognized after a lot of staring until my brain finally figured out who she was. Even funnier, another woman who was there, that I didn't recognize at all and she wasn't sure it was me, wrote to my daughter asking about me. So I guess, tomorrow when I go to my next meeting, I will see her. I'm loving the body I'm in now.

DeLui64 2014-09-21 19:05:28 -0500 Report

Congratulations to you! Keep up the great work! My husband and I will see the nutritionist next month. Right now I am on a diet (low fat) that my Dr recommended. It is called Pathway Genomics Healthy Weight DNA insight. It was done through a saliva test and it breaks down what your body needs nutritionally, medically and physically and chooses a diet that is based on your own DNA. It is pretty awesome and I cannot wait to start! Best of luck to you also!