Lowering My A1C for Surgery

Poodle gal
By Poodle gal Latest Reply 2018-03-06 15:41:37 -0600
Started 2018-03-05 16:51:40 -0600

Hi Folks,

I am in need of some wisdom and advice. I am on bed rest due to femoral fractures that are not healing. I had surgery to remove a broken titanium rod in my thigh on November 1st, 2017 and have been bedridden (except for bathroom visits) since. This was the sixth hip surgery/revision since 2013. I was scheduled for a March 15th, 2018 until I found out (after a pre-op appointment) that my A1C is at 8.5. My surgery was cancelled by my surgeon until I can get it down to 7.5. I am
taking Metformin, Lantus, and (sometimes) Novolog. I watch my diet, but can’t exercise. I need this surgery to be able to walk and exercise. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for ten years. Any suggestions? I’m frustrated and depressed.

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Type1Lou 2018-03-06 15:41:37 -0600 Report

"Watching my diet" can have many interpretations. Your A1c is too high because your BG's are too high. How many carbohydrate grams are you eating per day? To gain better BG control, cut back on your daily carbs until you achieve the BG levels you want. It's not easy, but, for me, reducing my daily carbohydrate intake is my key to good control. There is no one right amount of carbs for everyone. It will depend upon age, gender, body size, metabolism and activity level. I'm a 68 yr old active retired 5'3" female. I weight 118 lbs and allow myself no more than 115 total carb grams per day. My last A1c was 6.2. Some here can tolerate more carbs per day and others must eat less to achieve good control. Hoping you can achieve your target!