By tink2707 Latest Reply 2012-04-17 16:53:52 -0500
Started 2010-03-10 12:59:05 -0600

Went to the doctor today, and my a1c is down to an 8. When I started seeing her it was at 12.5 and that was only 3 months ago. She said she was very proud of my progress and that I'm headed in the right direction. which makes me happy since I ignored my diabetes for several years. the mentality of "If I pretend it doesn't exist it will go away." Then my aunt died from complications and it was a huge wake up call.

31 replies

JSJB 2012-04-17 03:28:26 -0500 Report

It shouldn't take the passing of ones family or friends to realize how dangerous DB is. Like they say it is a silent killer and as we all feel that if there is no symptoms or pains we are all right. That is the way I felt until I broke my wrist and got the news. That was in September 2011. I think of my friend who passed from this condition and it wasn't a pleasant way he passed. I work hard at my diet (cheat every now and then), exercise every day on the bike and results are showing. Now my BS is in the low 100's and my last A1C was 6.5 that was 3 months ago. So it takes work to bring your BS and A1C down but it will be worth it. I lost 40 lbs and feel great. Good Luck and do not give up.

PetiePal 2011-05-26 09:15:29 -0500 Report


I was at like an 11.2 when I was first diagnosed and within 6 months I was down to a 6.1. You're halfway there and I know you can do it too! Remember Red Blood Cells have about a 90 day lifespan, so by the next blood test you may see a dramatic drop again.

DJackwon 2011-05-26 08:14:40 -0500 Report

Congrats and keep up the good work! I love hearing when things start to come -around for people as much as I love the support, advice and well wishes when things aren't going well. This is a definate "good job" moment!


- Debbie -

Tigereyze209 2011-05-26 00:00:31 -0500 Report

My A1C was rising up to the 10 level, and stayed there for months, until very recently. After many med and diet adjustments, it finally got down to a 7.2. Still room for improvement, but definetly WAY better than it has been. In my case, I need to lose about 50 pounds or so, and let me tell you, my body LIKES keeping that weight on, so it is going to be a real challange to get it down, and more important, KEEPING it down.
Good job however, and keep it up, your body will thank you for it in the long run.

Anonymous 2010-03-20 23:08:04 -0500 Report

Hey my name is maley ,and im 11 i have diabetes too. My a1cs were like 9.7 when i went to the doctor. Do you know if you are type 1 diabetic you should really look into something called an omnipod. Its a pump and its cordless and its waterproof. it also features alot more. if your interested you should go to myomnipod.com. youd really ike it and you can also tell friends who have it hard with diabetes. ya know you cant let it control you, you gotta control it.

Donnamama 2010-03-20 22:21:43 -0500 Report

good job. my was 6 when i went to the doctor in dec. when i first found out mine was 101/2. keep up the good work.

Hinboyz3 2010-03-12 05:38:53 -0600 Report

Im very sure that was a wake up call for you, sorry to hear about your aunt. But you do know your life is worth living and living your life to the limits. Take care of you cause it's only one of you in this big world. Congrats on your numbers and keep up the good work. Keep us all posted of your progress. I go to the doctors next week, so keep your fingers crossed for me too.

jayabee52 2010-03-12 15:47:22 -0600 Report

Hey Yvette
I'll do better than crossing fingers, Jem & I will keep you in prayer for your Dr appt to go well

susiemaeemily 2010-03-12 19:32:28 -0600 Report

I see everyone is very concerned about a1c, so am I. I am diappointed with mine because it was lower a year ago. My Dr has now prescribed two new medications. I am changing my diet, its the exercise that I have trouble with.

Roy531 2010-03-12 21:20:55 -0600 Report

Just do as I did start slow, have somebody with you to talk to and it will pass quicker than you think. I started with 15 minutes now up to over a hour and have increase my speed. It takes time, but I believe you can do it.

Justice 2010-03-16 09:03:02 -0500 Report

For some people exercise is 2nd nature and for others it may feel like a chore. So, I agree start off slow 15mins once or twice a wk. I 1st started off using the steps at my job and then walking during my breaks and then that turned into 45min to 1hr work out at the gym. Trust me lol.. this didn't happen overnight and I started out with a workout buddy. But when there schedule changed and no longer wanted to workout I had to be discipline and do it alone. Start off slow don't set a goal that you know is unrealistic in the beginning. Keep at it.

Justice 2010-03-11 15:14:05 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your relative I know at times its probably still difficult to deal with. But your doing a great job with your A1C so keep up the good work. Be encouraged :)

tink2707 2010-03-11 22:13:11 -0600 Report

she'll have been gone a year this june. it is hard at times we were really close. she was like my second mom.

and thanks. i feel tons better than when my sugars were running 400 on average.

OMG-T2 2010-03-10 15:42:22 -0600 Report

Good on ya, tink2707!

Now, give us some details! For example, since you stated that your A1C was 12.5 three months ago and now it's down to 8, ya gotta tell us how you did it!

I personally am very interested as I will get my next A1C test at the end of this month and my PA doesn't think it will be much lower than a 9, and I started at 11 at the first of this year. I have tried everything to get my BS down, in addition to being on Metformin and Actos. Everyone knows I am working like a borrowed mule to get my BS under control, but maybe I'm missing something?

But don't misunderstand me here, I think it's awesome that your A1C results are so good! Congratulations…and yeah, you are definitely on your way to good health and potential parenthood should that be what you dream of!

tink2707 2010-03-10 16:28:00 -0600 Report

i was on metformin and actos as well at first. but it wasnt working my fasting number was still over 200 and sometimes closer to 300. so in the beginning of january she switched me to insulin. levemir at bedtime and novolog before meals. and that's helped a lot. it lowered my blood sugar numbers. also im on a low carb diet, no more than 30grams per meal. but i usually do more at breakfast, and less or none at all at dinner. im also on my feet a lot, i work in retail as a customer service manager so i do a lot of moving at work, and i walk at least 20 minutes on the treadmill on my days off.

Harlen 2010-03-10 15:04:46 -0600 Report

Hello Tink
Good job keep working on it
It gets better the longer you work on it
Best wishes

spiritwalker 2010-03-10 13:38:59 -0600 Report

I am sorry you lost a relative. That is always difficult.
Its sounds as if you are on the right path now. You should be
pleased that your A1C is now down to 8. Keep up the great
work. Whatever you are doing its working.

Roy531 2010-03-10 13:18:09 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about your aunt, but sometimes it takes something like that to cause us to decide we need to do something different. You are moving in the right direction, and proud of you. That little doll you are holding in the picture will be happy about your decision too.

tink2707 2010-03-10 13:49:22 -0600 Report

actually that "little doll" is me. almost 30 years ago. the man holding me is my dad.

Roy531 2010-03-10 13:55:39 -0600 Report

WOW. Well look at it this way, you may have a little doll like that one of these days and you will want to be around for her or him. Just keep up the good work.

tink2707 2010-03-10 13:58:19 -0600 Report

i have more pictures of me as a baby than i do now, i prefer to be the one behind the camera these days.

actually i do want children, 2 if possible. but at least one. so yeah i definately want to be around to see him or her grow up.

tholz 2010-03-21 02:45:27 -0500 Report

My aunt pass away from diabects in 2007. My number was down last time I when to dr to. Good luck