Scared to have my A1C taken this month.

By jelipscomb Latest Reply 2009-09-03 20:24:40 -0500
Started 2009-09-02 18:02:24 -0500

I have fasted every night this week to get it done.I get up at 5:30 am to get the girls on the bus my 7 am.I taken it first thing it's between 91 to 103.I can't get my blood taken till 8:30 so I crawl into bed to beat the food temptation.At 8am it goes as high as 169!!!! What is going on??? I have not ate anything. So i know I will have a bad fasting and he will think that I just don't care about myself enough to do as he says.Last A1C in July was 8.1

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vgarrison 2009-09-03 20:24:40 -0500 Report

I've heard this called the Dawn Phenomenon (I have no idea if I spelled that right, but I'm too lazy to check right now…LOL).

DO NOT BE AFRAID of the A1c test. I have this same problem in the morning that you do. I'll go to bed at night and be at 90 and then wake up to over 130…I'm like what in the world????

My last A1c was 10.7…and I just had it done last week again and now it's 6.4 (pat myself on the back). If I can have the same problem you do and still have a decent A1c then I don't see why you couldn't too!!!!

Good Luck!!!

Blessed Be

Judi62 2009-09-03 09:16:52 -0500 Report

Do not feel intimidated by your doctor or diabetes. You know that you're doing right. Explain this to your doctor. I have had bad A1C tests before and I'm still here. Besides, A1C tests average out your levels for the past 6 months. It's normal for your levels to rise until you eat something.

Good luck and stop worrying (this, too, can up your readings), Judi

kdroberts 2009-09-03 08:51:38 -0500 Report

If you are just getting an A1c then there is no reason to get it done fasting. If your doctor wants to check cholesterol or fasting blood sugar then you would need to but the A1c can be done at any time, fasting or not.

It sounds like you are experiencing the dawn phenomenon. Essentially due to diabetes and a natural process that happens to everyone, your blood sugar will continue to rise until you eat something.

It's better to know what your A1c is so you know where you are. How can you best manage things if you don't know how you're doing?

Beav 2009-09-02 20:50:13 -0500 Report

Don't be afraid of the test. If you are eating right and taking meds, your number should be just fine. My numbers are high in the morning too. And I do not eat anything after 9pm. But during the day they are just fine. I know I have to eat by the way I feel if I go over time, I will get shakey and feel over heated and my breath and heart rate will quicken. But my lowest when that happens was 76. I have to take Synthroid and then wait an hour before I can eat in the mornings. Take care!

beadmom 2009-09-03 11:17:33 -0500 Report

Why do you have to wait an hour? I've been taking synthroid for 30 yrs and no one told me that…am I missing something?


Judimar 2009-09-03 11:28:44 -0500 Report

The way it was explained to me is that the thyriod medication takes a while to be absorbed and anything you take (food, anything to drink but water and other medications) can inhibit it's absorption in your body. I was instructed as well to wait 1 hour and have nothing but water to drink during that time. The only medication that I can take during that hour after injesting my thyriod pill is the Byetta I have to inject. I made sure and asked both my primary physican and my endo about that lol.

BLC 2009-09-03 15:35:16 -0500 Report

I have been taking synthroid for six years and no one told me that either. I'll try it though and see if it improves.

BeckyJ 2009-09-03 18:10:23 -0500 Report

I just learned this a month ago when they changed the stregth of my synthroid. I have been takin this stuff for close to 9 yrs and always had it with my other morning meds at bkfst. Wish they had told me before. It's really hard to break this old habit and take it on empty stomach.

Beav 2009-09-03 18:50:06 -0500 Report

I get up take it,prop up my pillows so I am sitting up a bit and go back to sleep for an hour or read a book. It makes me sick sometimes so I do this routine to avoid that.

Beav 2009-09-03 18:45:51 -0500 Report

I have a label on my bottle that tells me to take it on an empty stomach and my doctor told me to wait an hour before eating anything so it will be absorbed into my body. You should read about it online. Drug interactions and other things you should know about this animal hormone and what to look for while you are taking it. hair loss, skin disorders and lots of other goodies. I will go get the link for you.

rain 2009-09-02 20:41:10 -0500 Report

I think you stressed yourself out. Your morning was really busy and your body was trying to help you out with a little extra energy. Unfortunatly our bodies don't react the way their suppose to.

apanda 2009-09-02 19:44:44 -0500 Report

My number is always at its highest when I wake up in the a.m. The rest of the day it is really good. Funny how I can go to bed below 120 and wake up over 140. It will all even out. The A1C is an average. Take the test, you will be fine.

jelipscomb 2009-09-02 19:55:39 -0500 Report

So with the results he will know that I am serious about my health and not lazy with my bs's.My 10y will ask me to check mu bs because she doesn't want me to die.I've been explaining to her why I don't eat ice cream and grandma's ckes anymore.How eating it will effect me and how eating right does.So she is eating alot of veggies and some of my bs friendly treats.She's like my little sugar shadow.

apanda 2009-09-02 20:07:55 -0500 Report

That is great that she is following your lead now. Learning to eat correctly now may make things easier for her in the future, especially if you have a longstanding family history. Good job mom!

BeckyJ 2009-09-02 20:30:57 -0500 Report

I have my own 'sugar shadow" in my 5 yr old neice. She just started kindergarten and told one of the kids in her class that he shouldn't eat his chocolate cupcake cuz it was waaaay too much sugar, she offered him an apple instead…lol. At least I know that she will eat healthy as she grows!

beadmom 2009-09-02 19:18:04 -0500 Report

My morning fasting nuber is the highest of the day. 130-150. the rest of the day I run 90ish before meals and 100-130 after.(Unless I eat sushi) grrr…

My Doctor explained to me that some people hit their low in the middle of the night and then your body starts searching out sugars from your organs (and finds them). That's why you end up higher in the morning.

I was thinking the same thing the other day though. What if I went to a doctor that didn't know that I work that way? They would just undo all my hard work by convincing me I am a lazy no-good sugar consumer.


Harlen 2009-09-02 19:01:22 -0500 Report

its nothing them that dont care are high and I meen a lot high hang in there your doing good for me even if I dont eat a thimg it will go higher then that 185 190 200 so I just keep trackand give a little ins to cover till I eat my fasting is 2.9 ut an Hr as long as I cover it will stey real good best of luck
You are doing good

jelipscomb 2009-09-02 19:39:39 -0500 Report

Thank you! Sometimes I feel like I am doing this wrong and I don't want to end up like the rest of my family! NEVER! They threw there life away. My father and brother will never get to know my girls and my mother 's body is starting to shut down from all the abuse of sugar.I want to watch my girls grow and learn from me that it can be taken care of with the right attitude.I am trying to get active to help lower my bs after a meal but I think one of my dr's has me overmedicated on antidepressents.I have no energy to even make the bed.So I know that this could effect my bs.

Sarguillo 2009-09-02 18:48:43 -0500 Report

hello, DOnt be afraid to take an A1C. its just a test. it will just show what your average has been for the last 2-3 months. Think of it as a stepping stone. Its the first step towards knowing what you need to do to take better care of your diabetes. Its its higher than the last test, know that what you were doing or meds taking are not as effective. if its lower, know that what you were doing or your meds are working better than the previous 3 months before the last test. Its just knoweldge. Nothing to be afraid of. Good luck with your test.

BLC 2009-09-02 20:57:25 -0500 Report

I always love your perspective on things. I am always terrified of having my A1C taken. But after reading your reply to the poster I thought about what you said. And its true this test just lets you know if what you are doing is working. My A1Cs have been in the 9 and 10s for the last year or so. I am hoping the one I have in Oct will be better. Though I don't know I have had some pretty high readings on and off lately. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your posts.

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