Ready to just give it up.

Not understanding
By Not understanding Latest Reply 2018-05-08 09:37:11 -0500
Started 2018-04-17 18:11:35 -0500

Back in September my A1C was 7.2. My diet and my workout routines have not changed. On Friday I found out that I have dropped 23 lbs since Jan. Doc & myself are both thrilled! I just got my results from the blood work today. How is it that nothing I'm doing has changed, I've dropped weight but my A1C jumps up to 12.4?! I'm doing everything right and all of a sudden I'm going backwards?

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keelyburns 2018-05-08 09:37:11 -0500 Report

Hey there,

Maybe ask your doctor to check your thyroid. You may have hyperthyroid, an overactive thyroid.

This happened to me a year ago. I lost 30lbs and my blood sugars were on the high side. I had no reason to lose weight or have high blood sugars, so I went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and had my thyroid removed, now everything is back to normal (although now I have to take synthroid).

Not understanding
Not understanding 2018-04-29 16:05:49 -0500 Report

I am being retested but not until july 17th. I wish I actually had a doctor instead of a PA. That's just one of the downsides of the VA but, that's all I have. I'm not changing my routine. I'm still going to eat fresh and healthy & still going to keep up my exercise routine. I'm not changing anything I've been doing for the last two years unless they can specifically tell me what I'm doing wrong. The only thing I would like to change is my stress levels. Easier said than done.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-04-28 20:23:47 -0500 Report

Hi Not understanding, it's good to meet you. Glad you found your way to Diabetic Connect, and you brought a good question up. Wow! I would also ask for a retest. You certainly have a good reason. If the results of the retest aren't what you had hoped for, I hope you won't let this discourage you. Don't give up! Work closely with your doctor and continue to take good care of yourself. By the way, congratulations on the weight loss. I hope you will keep in touch with us and let us know how you're doing.

Oneshotbandit 2018-04-24 10:20:03 -0500 Report

Gabby is right-you have the right to ask for a retest. When I was first diagniosed w/T2 I was on Metformin 500 mg once a day, dieted, lost 40#'s and my A1c went down from 7.8 to 6.0!

The Vap
The Vap 2018-04-21 17:30:19 -0500 Report

I have had the same thing happen, without the weight loss. Nothing seems to work for weight loss for me and my diet doesn't change but my sugars roller coaster and my A1c seems to be on a teeter totter, never getting below 7.2 and going up to 11. . . it is very frustrating. But hey - celebrate the weight loss, that is awesome!!!

GabbyPA 2018-04-21 07:00:28 -0500 Report

You may want to make sure that the lab didn't mix your results with someone else. I have heard of that happening. It wouldn't hurt to ask or ask for a retest if you feel that it is truly out of wack.

Loosing weight is a huge help, yes. But if weight is not the only factor and very high glucose levels can lead to weight loss sometimes. So the true test is what your daily numbers are telling you.

You can test and then average out your numbers and find an "expected A1c range". Not 100% accurate, but can give you an idea where things might need some improvement.

msann 2018-04-20 10:21:17 -0500 Report

hello great job on weight loss what are you eating do you exercise and stress a big factor i am caregiver for my mom and aunt i have lost 175 pounds but my a1c are 8.8 but my diet is under 1200 calories a day now it slowly going down but i have to keep myself calm down are you stressed a lot

cmr55 2018-04-21 17:49:20 -0500 Report

Big hug I understand the stress you are under. I took care of my mom for 10 years. It is a very hard job. Since she passed away my stress level has really gone down.

Type1Lou 2018-04-20 08:16:08 -0500 Report

Living well with diabetes demands constant adaptation. I was dx'd in 1976 and have often had to modify my daily routines to maintain good results…and sometimes, it's just plain baffling. Do the best that you can, maintain good BG and food and activity records so you can share what you are doing with your doctor who will then have more data to figure out the best treatment course for you. If, during this time you have battled an infection, changed or added any medications or undergone any stress, that can create higher BG's.Don't give up…managing diabetes well IS possible,with the right knowledge, determination and medical support.

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