A1C lowering it

police95
By police95 Latest Reply 2014-12-19 11:06:02 -0600
Started 2014-12-18 14:32:26 -0600

I'm gonna have Bariatric Surgery in the New Year but need to lower my A1C to 10 or lower. It's 14 now. I read somewhere about some natural stuff that helps. Does anyone know of it?


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lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-12-19 02:45:34 -0600 Report

Bariatric surgery will indeed reduce your A1c. As will plain old diet and exercise. To get it from 14 down to 10, you've got some choices, go on medications that your doctor can prescribe, and/or diet and exercise. the best is a combination of the two, mostly diet/exercise.
I will concur with others have said about the dangers and risks of the surgeries. There is no reversal to the risk of death, which I have lost one friend to because of side effects of this surgery. I strongly urge you to reconsider it.
As for "natural remedies" I know of none.
Best of luck on your health. HUGS, Heidi

Laurabobaura
Laurabobaura 2014-12-18 15:42:46 -0600 Report

A very close friend of mine had that surgery and I do know that it has been successful for many people, but for her, it caused her to get every possible side effect that the surgery can cause. She probably only has three years to live. That changed my mind about having the surgery. I will lose the weight the old fashion way.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-18 15:13:12 -0600 Report

Howdy Police
WELCOME to DC!

If you have the bariatric surgery your A1c will come down on its own, because you won't be eating as much and your BG (blood glucose) levels will come down. Usually they leave only a small pouch to fill as your stomach and you cannot eat more than 4 oz of food without throwing up.

Plus I have had diabetes a long time and been around DC for about 5 yrs and I have heard of only one way to lower your A1c and that is to give blood, There is no substance or miracle pill to lower one's A1c.

I would ask you to reconsider the surgery and not go through with it. It seems like an easy way to lose weight but it is fraught with dangers. Even if you survive the surgery you are severely restricted in what you can eat. And once done it can't be undone.

I have a friend who had that surgery done and she was quite happy with the results —— for a while. And she had the excess skin cut away. But now about 5 yrs later she has put about three quarters of her original weight back on because she couldn't stick to her restricted meal plan. She had stretched out the pouch and eats pretty hearty again. And there is no way she can have that surgery done again.

Kinda like the nursery rhyme "all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again".

There are way easier ways to lose the weight. About 3 + yrs ago I lost 65 lbs by following a meal plan which was intended to manage my diabetes without the use of diabetes meds. On that meal plan which I devised I lost 65 lbs over 5 mo. I kept my BG levels in the normal range, achieved an A1c of 5.5 and I lost weight on that meal plan almost as a by product.

I have written up this meal plan and I offer it to anyone who asks for it.

I encourage you to try a lifestyle change. There is always the option of the surgery, as there are always surgeons willing to cut you for their profit.

Praying for your better health

James
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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-18 20:51:15 -0600 Report

James I know someone who had it and is living to regret it. She nearly died from the surgery and has to take iron pills for the rest of her life. She now has to take blood thinners and she is not a diabetic.

I read somewhere that these days you have to be grossly obese to be considered for the surgery because of the dangers. You are correct, it can not be reversed.

I also know someone who had lap band surgery and had problems so severe it had to be removed.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-18 20:49:19 -0600 Report

James I know someone who had it and is living to regret it. She nearly died from the surgery and has to take iron pills for the rest of her life. She now has to take blood thinners and she is not a diabetic.

I read somewhere that these days you have to be grossly obese to be considered for the surgery because of the dangers. You are correct, it can not be reversed.

I also know someone who had lap band surgery and had problems so severe it had to be removed.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-18 20:49:16 -0600 Report

James I know someone who had it and is living to regret it. She nearly died from the surgery and has to take iron pills for the rest of her life. She now has to take blood thinners and she is not a diabetic.

I read somewhere that these days you have to be grossly obese to be considered for the surgery because of the dangers. You are correct, it can not be reversed.

I also know someone who had lap band surgery and had problems so severe it had to be removed.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-18 20:49:07 -0600 Report

James I know someone who had it and is living to regret it. She nearly died from the surgery and has to take iron pills for the rest of her life. She now has to take blood thinners and she is not a diabetic.

I read somewhere that these days you have to be grossly obese to be considered for the surgery because of the dangers. You are correct, it can not be reversed.

I also know someone who had lap band surgery and had problems so severe it had to be removed.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-12-18 18:17:13 -0600 Report

I did not know that donating blood lowers A1c. Has this worked for you or is it something you just heard about? I really want to get my A1c below 6 and I would love to get off the Metformin, if possible. I would love to have more information on this possibility.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-12-18 20:22:14 -0600 Report

blood letting would work too. ;)
this merely 'games' the system' by causing your body to produce a fresh batch of red blood cells that are not yet gummied up by those nasty glucose molecules.
In a few weeks time you're back right where you were … no short cuts to this … well starvation and bariatric surgery do provide long term remission.

Steve

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-12-19 06:06:02 -0600 Report

Neither starvation or bariatric surgery seem very appealing to me. I know many people who have had the surgery and none of them have been please with the result. Several of them became very unhealthy afterward and one of them nearly lost her life. I would not recommend it to anyone.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-12-19 11:06:02 -0600 Report

yup … diet exercise and meds are the best route for most of us … I share the desire to get of the prescription merry-go-round, it's one of my goals this year.

Steve

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