Dietary strategy to lower A1C

Skyl1
By Skyl1 Latest Reply 2014-10-06 22:52:46 -0500
Started 2014-09-23 17:28:25 -0500

For those who have made a significant reduction in your a1c, what type of dietary changes have you made? How many carbs do you eat a day now? Did you lower your fat and/or calorie intake also?


13 replies

Shedayz
Shedayz 2014-09-25 10:53:13 -0500 Report

Under 10 carbs per meal or max 30 carbs per day. No grains or grain by products. Ketogenic diet. It is a high fat low carb lifestyle. Some people don't realize that if you go low carb you have to up your fat intake so you feel satiated all day. I am losing weight rapidly and getting my BG's under control!

justfine
justfine 2014-09-25 07:04:43 -0500 Report

I had a check up in January 2014 and my doctor told me the results and that I had Diabetes and she put me on medication right away. I have been to a dietian and diabetic nurse. The nurse had me on insulin at night 10 units. My first A1C test at the end of April was 5.07 and my doctor.immediately took me off the insulin and reduced my medication. My sugar levels are usually good. I watch my diet and I keep track of what I eat. I keep trying each day and exercise. My carbs are usually around 45 carbs per meal.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-09-23 20:40:15 -0500 Report

I limit my carbs to under 20 per meal. If I go over that I will spike. My first A1c was over 13. My lowest has been 6.6 but I can tell that the next one will be lower. My goal is to get it below 6 and keep it there. My diet has changed drastically. I eat meats, cheese, nuts & seeds, vegetables, some fruit, and extremely limited whole grains, potatoes and brown rice. NO pasta or cereal, ever. Sugar consumption is rare. What helps my glucose most is exercise and getting plenty of sleep. Keeping my stress down helps a lot too. I hope that helps you.

justfine
justfine 2014-09-25 07:08:27 -0500 Report

I eat whole wheat pasta and eat bran fiber for breakfast but watch my amount which is usually a 1/2 cup. I watch my portions at each meal. I never have sugar and eat just normal fruits and no processed foods.

kimfing
kimfing 2014-09-23 18:32:34 -0500 Report

By trial and sometimes error, i find out what triggers a spike. I found whole grain unbleached wheat are good carbs gore me. If i go above 35 carbs per meal, its overload no matter if i covered or not. Lean meats. Red meat maybe twice a month. Less than 5 grams of sugar per serving unless its fresh fruit. Apples, peaches, nectarines, berries. Little melon and little fresh pineapple.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-09-23 18:01:49 -0500 Report

Increased protein and (healthy) fat intake and lowered daily carbs to <50. My challenge has been to maintain my weight and not lose any more so reducing calories aren't my issue.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-09-23 17:47:30 -0500 Report

After reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution in the early 2000's, I drastically reduced the amount of carbohydrates in my diet. I have been following a low-carb diet ever since and my control has been good. I don't pay attention to either fats or calories as my lipids are good and there is no cardiac history in my family. (Although I did get curious and calculated that I eat about 1200 calories per day). I am a 5'3" tall, 65 year old, active female retiree who weighs 120 lbs. I have used an insulin pump since 2011 and was on MDI prior to that. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1976. I allow myself 120 total grams of carbohydrate per day. My last A1c was 6.6.

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