A1c Reading

By kruss Latest Reply 2009-09-30 16:42:47 -0500
Started 2009-09-29 11:53:27 -0500

Hi. I just had a recheck on my A1c…it is 7.1 (same as it was in April of this year). Still waiting for dr. recommendations. This is starting to scare me. I am currently on 2000 mg of metformin daily…very nervous about switching meds which is what I think she has planned for me. I started an exercise program and trying to eat better 8/1/09…which I think helped keep my A1c down rather than raise it. I already have an anxiety disorder and I'm telling you that this whole diabetes thing just makes it 10 times worse. I have testing phobia as well so rarely test. Something I'm trying to get over. Just looking for some support and encouragement…it all just scares me which I know is a common reaction. I've only been dealing with this diagnosis approx. 2 years and it's like I found out yesterday.

12 replies

lipsie 2009-09-30 16:42:47 -0500 Report

Well you have come to the right place for the moral support that's for sure. I love these people here, it's like family to me. Yeah, don't think your life is over if on insulin, I was on insulin regular…eventually moved down to just sliding scale and now a couple weeks ago I am now off of it. So it may not be forever even. But great work on the exercise program, that's what I need to put into my life more, though I do walk more now a days. But anyhow, good luck…keep up the great work, it'll work out. Hugs! Sheila

Vanessa Wysper
Vanessa Wysper 2009-09-30 10:14:20 -0500 Report

I know that doctors put so much faith in exercise to help manage blood sugars. The main thing that I learned, (NOT FROM MY DOCTORS), is that it's all about the carbs. Learning the difference between fast carbs and slow carbs and how they affect the individual. If you're a type 2, go as low carb as you can possibly stand. Cutting out all breads and anything made with corn will make a significant difference. They make bs climb fast and high. Get ahold of Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Solution. Crappy title for a book, but the guy is a Dr. with Type 1. It was so nice to actually get correct answers to the physiology of diabetes.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-09-30 06:51:31 -0500 Report

I personally think you are doing well. If you stay in tune with diet and exercise you will see a difference…Debe

alanbossman 2009-09-29 19:52:20 -0500 Report

Well kruss I take the same amount of metformin as you do, but to control my bs better I am on insulin also my last two a1c was 5.4 . Your doctor my just add insulin

kruss 2009-09-29 22:25:07 -0500 Report

I really hope not. I am so petrified to go on insulin…I'm only 43. I think the day I go on insulin (and I hope I don't insult anyone) would be the day I'd figure my life is over. It scares me that much. I'm hoping that with keeping up the exercise and watching better what I eat that things will be better controlled. Thanks for all the responses.

BLC 2009-09-30 07:59:48 -0500 Report

I have been on insulin since diagnosed with type one in 2005. My life is far from over. I have had to make adjustments, sure. But my quality of life has certainly not suffered because of insulin. You may find that insulin makes you feel much better and gives you better quality of life. Best of luck.

Jipwhip 2009-09-30 13:02:27 -0500 Report

Don't be afraid of insulin. I am type 2 and have been on insulin since I was diagnosed three 1/2 years ago. My A1c went from 15.2 to 6.5 in six months using insulin. Insulin gives you better blood sugar control. I know of a few people who were afraid to go on insulin. Now that they have better control they wished they would have started it sooner. It's normal to be afraid of something new, but it's not the end of the world. In fact it makes it better.

kruss 2009-09-29 19:26:06 -0500 Report

I have been working out with a great friend who is more like a personal trainer for the last six weeks or so which I am guessing kept my A1c from rising…wasnt exercising before 8/1/09. Now I get in 3-5 days a week of weight training and walking 2+ miles at a decent pace. Thanks for all the advice. My main worry is with my A1c being 7.1 that she'll switch up my meds and that is the scary part for me because A1c is supposed to be under 7.0. Mine has been above 7.0 since at least April. I think it was exactly 7.0 in Dec of last year.

Turtle 2009-09-29 16:54:44 -0500 Report

I encourage you to keep doing what you can to keep your numbers down. If you can get even a little exercise in, that mat help.

jigsaw 2009-09-29 16:00:40 -0500 Report

Just wanted to say I think that hbkunkel and Blue Moon have offered some words of wisdom! For many diabetecs, exercise of the correct type and quantity can be a real savier when it comes to controlling bloodsugar, losing weight and relieving stress!!!

hbkunkel 2009-09-29 13:21:37 -0500 Report

You are on the right track!!! Keep up the good work and tweek what you are doing and hopefully the numbers will go down. How much exercise do you get? That can affect your numbers but also help with your anxiety. Good luck and keep us posted.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon 2009-09-29 12:14:48 -0500 Report

I go through this also, and whenever my anxiety goes up so does my blood sugar. Bio-feedback helps greatly to overcome the anxiety. Find things that stimulate you to keep your mind from racing over the disease. I like learning new things and have taken up belly dancing. I'm not suggesting that for you, just something I'm trying to learn and get exercise at the same time. The music is relaxing and helps me settle my emotions and not
freak out over the what if mind set.

I'm refusing to take the medication so I can't help you there. You should be proud of the changes that you have made so far. Reducing your A1c is great news!!! Keep up the good work and be proud of your accomplishment. :o)

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