Still Confused

By advnkrishnaprasad Latest Reply 2014-10-21 16:13:55 -0500
Started 2014-10-19 12:11:52 -0500

Hi all,

I am new to this forum. I would be obliged if someone could provide more information on my query. I am 35 of age now. I was weighing around 134 kilos during January, 2012. I started going to the gym and began to exercise. However, I did not really and seriously set my target on a diet plan. The work out at the gym was mostly on tread mill and the elliptical. My weight came down by around ten kgs in around six to seven months. I used to check my random blood sugar as also Hb A1c. The latter was in the 6.1 to 6.4 range.

Out of sheer accident, I went and checked my A1c on Feb 19, 2013. The results showed a value of 7.0 I went and checked in another lab. The result showed a value of 6.9. By this time, though I was not concentrating on diet, I was on Metformin 500 (not sustained release) for around three months. Before this result, my value has never been more than 6.2.

Alarmed, I decided to take further tests. I got a complete check up done on the next day. The results are as follows:

Fasting Blood Sugar was 109

Hb A1c was 6.9

GTT (75 grams of glucose tested after one and half hours) was 118

All the other tests were normal. I took the results to my doctor. I did tell him that I was on metformin. However, he was of the opinion that I was not diabetic.

On the very next day, I changed my diet. I have not taken rice thereafter. I switched over to metformin 500 sustained release (though the doctor did not want me to take it compulsoriy). I left the gym and began to walk. I walk for around 6 kilometers a day. May be I miss it once in two weeks or so. My diet has been strictly under control. I left sugar completely.

Over the past one year my A1c has been around 5.2. The last time I checked i.e around ten days back my A1c was 5.1. I have not been checking on a daily basis now. But I used to do it for the past six months;. On days when I sleep well the range is 82 to 86 otherwise it hovers in the 90-95 range.

Can any body give more clarity on as to whether I am diabetic or not ?

4 replies

Glucerna 2014-10-21 16:13:55 -0500 Report

I really like the way you've taken charge of your health. Keep up the great work! ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-10-20 07:14:41 -0500 Report

The goal of taking care of our selves as you have done so well here is just a testament to the fact that we can improve our health with some hard work. You have done a great job and if you stop taking the medicine, you may find you have to work a little harder to maintain. Like Type1Lou says, if you went back to your old eating habits, you would find (most likely) that your A1c would start to go back up.

Sadly, once you are diabetic, it sticks around. You have been blessed with good control, but it doesn't mean your diabetes is gone. A person without diabetes can eat anything they want and never go above 140. A bag of jelly beans, cake, ice cream and soda...all of that in one sitting will not raise a person's glucose above 140 if they do not have diabetes. Me, on the other hand, would be going to the hospital.

Type1Lou 2014-10-19 15:28:24 -0500 Report

Your prior high A1c's were an indication of diabetes. However, by eliminating high carbohydrate foods, like rice, and exercising and losing some weight you have been able to control your condition and keep your BG's in normal ranges. Your current A1c's are excellent and indicate good blood sugar control. While I am not a doctor, because of your prior A1c's, I would conclude that you are, in fact, diabetic. In all likelihood, those higher A1c's would recur if you went back to your old diet. But, by following your new plan, you've virtually eliminated any symptoms of diabetes. Keep up the good work!