Lowering a1c

Missjekka
By Missjekka Latest Reply 2018-07-16 15:51:40 -0500
Started 2018-07-14 10:22:19 -0500

Hey everyone I am new to the site. I have diabetes type 2 and PCOS. I am currently working with a fertility clinic to help get pregnant for the first time. My issue is my a1c. It's extremely high and it's a battle I've been fighting for years. I am on both oral and insulin medications. I'm asking what tips did you guys use in lowering your a1c? Anything will be helpful! Thanks.


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Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2018-07-16 15:51:40 -0500 Report

The single most effective thing I did in reducing my blood glucose (BG) and improving my A1c (last one was 6.0) is reduce the amount of carbohydrate grams I was eating each day. I started counting my carbs after reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". I've learned that I cannot eat more than 110 to 115 carb grams per day if I want to maintain good BG levels. The "correct" amount of carbs will vary by individual and age, gender, body type and activity level all play a role. Become carbohydrate-aware. Determint how many carbs you currently eat per day and start to reduce them until you achieve the A1c you want. If weight loss is also a goal, reducing carbs will also help you shed unwanted/unneeded pounds.

DebLovesDegas
DebLovesDegas 2018-07-16 11:50:16 -0500 Report

Hi MissJekka … I'm not sure what you define as an "extremely high" A1C, but I would definitely recommend getting it below 7 before you try to get pregnant since pregnancy (as you probably know) is really stressful on the body.

The only way I have been able to successfully control my BS/A1C is to eat a low carb diet (under 60 grams a day). I have been able to sustain my A1C between 5 and just under 6 eating this way. I tried to go lower (strict Keto diet at 20 net grams a day), but it wasn't sustainable for me because I really love fruit; so keeping my carbs at under 60 grams a day allows me to have a few pieces of fruit (generally an apple and a serving of berries) which satisfy my sweet tooth. I'm not going to try to tell you it's easy to eat low carb, but it's definitely worth it, and I promise you that once you've done it for a few weeks, you will find the cravings have ceased. I don't crave bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar, etc. I am perfectly happy substituting things like zucchini "noodles" for pasta, Smart Pocket "pita" when I want a sandwich or pizza (they are fantastic toasted and come in at around 11 grams of net carbs plus 5 grams of protein), and lots of veggies (although I have to use some self-control around carrots).

It takes some adjustment, but for me, living low carb and exercising (nothing crazy - walking or eliptical) 20-30 minutes a day at least 4 days a week has been the secret for me. Good luck! xoxo

DebLovesDegas
DebLovesDegas 2018-07-16 11:49:43 -0500 Report

Hi MissJekka … I'm not sure what you define as an "extremely high" A1C, but I would definitely recommend getting it below 7 before you try to get pregnant since pregnancy (as you probably know) is really stressful on the body.

The only way I have been able to successfully control my BS/A1C is to eat a low carb diet (under 60 grams a day). I have been able to sustain my A1C between 5 and just under 6 eating this way. I tried to go lower (strict Keto diet at 20 net grams a day), but it wasn't sustainable for me because I really love fruit; so keeping my carbs at under 60 grams a day allows me to have a few pieces of fruit (generally an apple and a serving of berries) which satisfy my sweet tooth. I'm not going to try to tell you it's easy to eat low carb, but it's definitely worth it, and I promise you that once you've done it for a few weeks, you will find the cravings have ceased. I don't crave bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar, etc. I am perfectly happy substituting things like zucchini "noodles" for pasta, Smart Pocket "pita" when I want a sandwich or pizza (they are fantastic toasted and come in at around 11 grams of net carbs plus 5 grams of protein), and lots of veggies (although I have to use some self-control around carrots).

It takes some adjustment, but for me, living low carb and exercising (nothing crazy - walking or eliptical) 20-30 minutes a day at least 4 days a week has been the secret for me. Good luck! xoxo

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