New A1c test, baaaaad!

Armourer
By Armourer Latest Reply 2010-05-06 16:47:49 -0500
Started 2010-05-03 16:26:58 -0500

Just got call from Doc about lab results, A1C was 12.3, up from 9.6. Cholestral was 140, up from 96.
Added new pill called Onglyza 5mg, suppose to help Lantus be better used. Using Lantus at 100 units 50/50 morning & night, plus 20 units Humalog plus sliding scale.

What's different is placed back into diet the 40-60 grams of carbs in each meal. Added peanut butter for some protein on 100% whole wheat bread, and flour tortilla. Told not to drop what I'm eating, to see effects of the Onglyca during the next two months. Then I will eat only hard boiled eggs and romaine salad. Currently I don't eat breakfast cause all I can eat is eggs.

Guy I hate this! Have two weddings this month which I'm going to hate, cause I can't eat anything at it!


14 replies

FiberAll
FiberAll 2010-05-05 11:48:18 -0500 Report

September, 2009

Total Cholesterol 183
Triglycerides 162
High Density 32
Low Density 118.6

April 5, 20010

Total Cholesterol 176
Triglycerides 110
High Density 41
Low Density 113

I started to take the Niacin in January and now I am taking another brand so I take one pill twice a day with more flushing which I won't complain, I am shooting for total cholesterol of 110-120 with Triglycerides under 60. I need to improve other numbers, my friend has high cholesterol and got a drug which had bad effect on him, I would love him to try the Niacin since it has helped me so much.

My A1C went from 5.5% to 5.9% since I didn't have a regular supply of Vitamins, I ran out for lack of money.

I love the very high fiber pasta, not all carbs are alike, many think they are and I have a problem with this, I hope to be able to buy more of this when I can do so.

Evelyn Kay
Evelyn Kay 2010-05-04 11:04:18 -0500 Report

I know what you mean my Bs #s kept going up no matter what i ate.I even started writing down everything i ate so i could show my doc.I whet to her this morning and found out why bs #s were no good ,she said my pancreas isnt working like it should and even eating right wasnt going to bring down Bs. She put me on insilin (i hoped it would never come to this) Lantus and Novolg.Ill let you know how this is workimg out. Has your Doc said anything about your pancrease?My aic's are out of wack too and BP & chylestrol .it almost is enough to want to give up,But with the help and support from all you guys i'm hanging in there. THANK YOU ALL

Khaki
Khaki 2010-05-03 23:00:10 -0500 Report

Hey, there, sounds like we have the same problems with blood sugar. I also take Lantus 50/50 and 10/10 Humalog pen. I'm not much on the sliding scale thing, can't really figure it out. I have joined a gym and started eating a lot of yogurt, for the past month and a half, and I do feel a lot better. Carbohydrates are our worst enemy!!! I went to see a kidney Dr. about a year and a half ago. He says I have some damage, but not to the breaking point just yet. I hope it doesn't get any worse. He told me to stop eating bread, and for the most part, I have. Hopefully it is enough to keep me stable for at least awhile longer.

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-05-03 21:45:21 -0500 Report

Try whole grains, whole wheat can still be process that it turns into sugar. The whole grains (fiber) make the body work harder to break it down so blood sugar don't spike.

When I took the classes, they told me to Test, write everything down that I would eat, then test 2 hours later & see what foods did to my blood sugars,

Breakfast is my easiest meal, with the light sausages out there & turkey sausage, turkey bacon, there is very little carbs in meat so If I'm alone I will eat breakfast even in the evening.

Just watch the quick stuff, cerials are lots of carbs, with milk & bread, & if you add fruit, for me that is way too much carbs & my blood sugar will spike.

I've posted this before but carbs turn into sugar & since your body can't tell the difference between the carbs in candy & the carbs in bread, it was suggested to me to pick the carb first then choose the rest of the meal,

so if at the wedding you want the cake then don't eat the bread or potatos (starch), if you want the breads then skip the dessert. That rule has helped me so much. I don't feel deprived, and I'm making the choice.

good luck
Diane

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-05-03 21:45:10 -0500 Report

Try whole grains, whole wheat can still be process that it turns into sugar. The whole grains (fiber) make the body work harder to break it down so blood sugar don't spike.

When I took the classes, they told me to Test, write everything down that I would eat, then test 2 hours later & see what foods did to my blood sugars,

Breakfast is my easiest meal, with the light sausages out there & turkey sausage, turkey bacon, there is very little carbs in meat so If I'm alone I will eat breakfast even in the evening.

Just watch the quick stuff, cerials are lots of carbs, with milk & bread, & if you add fruit, for me that is way too much carbs & my blood sugar will spike.

I've posted this before but carbs turn into sugar & since your body can't tell the difference between the carbs in candy & the carbs in bread, it was suggested to me to pick the carb first then choose the rest of the meal,

so if at the wedding you want the cake then don't eat the bread or potatos (starch), if you want the breads then skip the dessert. That rule has helped me so much. I don't feel deprived, and I'm making the choice.

good luck
Diane

Armourer
Armourer 2010-05-03 22:42:48 -0500 Report

Thanks Diane, Gabby and Mays for your suggestions. I'm at my end, eat what? Any whole grains spike my sugar 150 points (say two slices of 100% whole wheat for a peanut butter sandwich, the bread I use is 14 gm each). Forget the wheat pasta, brown rice, does the same. Was told okay to eat eggs because cholestral down to 96, now its up to 140. Hard boiled eggs is half my diet! Now got to cut it back. That's lunch, three eggs! No breakfast. I added the whole grain stuff into diet because here on DC so many folks cried foul. Ya okay, so we should have 40-60 grams of carbs per meal. I tried this and it spikes my sugars big time! Cut the grains and fruits out and eat only eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, and romaine lettuce, it used to go down. Now it just stays between 250-400. Sugars up when being good, sugars up when trying to be good, or sugars up when bad. What's the diff?

Big problem, I don't eat meat!!! I'll die first before eating fish or chicken!!!!! Now I've read all these articles about how bad artificial sugars are, out goes what I drink and any deserts, like jello.

Neighbor gave me a bag of protein shake stuff to try, so far it doesn't raise my sugar, tested before and it was 256, shake was 10 oz of water and stuff, 2 hrs later I was 201. But this costs $30 a bag, my month budget for food. Tried cottage cheese, but the market just doesn't watch the dates, the stuff is often a week out of date. Next store is to far for one item, loose bucks in gas.

I'll try for a couple more months, but if something doesn't change, forget it, eating just to big a hassle!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-04 09:56:30 -0500 Report

Wow, this is rough. How do you live on $30 a month in food items? I thought we had it rough. You can still eat eggs, just use the whites with maybe one yolk. Things like eggbeaters are too expensive.

How are you with beans? There are a lot of varities of beans that you can make into all kinds of things. They are inexpensive and have carb, proteins, and lost of fiber. That can help you out.

The whole wheat game is not the same as the fiber game. If you can get fiber enriched pastas that helps a lot. I can't eat any kind of rice really. Brown or white...it is all bad for my numbers. So I eat thinks like bulgar wheat. It is much easier to fix and doesn't spike me so badly.

There are more and more things that are coming out with natural sweeteners that are still sugar free. Keep you eye out for them. Crystal light now has a PURE seires that is made with natural sweeteners. I have not read the label yet, but check that out. You can always make your own sugar free jello. Purchase plain gelatin like Knoxx and add your own sweeteners to it and some crushed up fruit like strawberries. It is good. Takes a little more time, but still worth it.

It is harder on a limited budget, I totally get that. This winter was hard for us and we were eating cheap, not healthy and it is hard when you are buying for a family of 4 adults. My numbers suffered. I am determined to do better by making tougher choices. It is not easy to eat healthier, it takes more time and planning, but once you find things that work, stick with them.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-04 10:37:44 -0500 Report

I just found out that the Crystal Light PURE fitness is made with stevia. You can add a packet of that to your plain jello, and there you go...sugar free and no artificial sweeteners.

Armourer
Armourer 2010-05-04 20:14:42 -0500 Report

Gabby - thanks on the advice, and the stevia thing. But ya, $30 a month. I volunteer at local food bank, but most of their stuff normal folks can eat, not folks like us. I can get eggs from them and that is it for what I can eat. Once in a while cottage cheese, but for the rest of the family it is okay. Healthy eating costs alot of money!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-05 11:59:33 -0500 Report

Wow, I wish I could offer some better options. I just don't know what to say. They don't have any vegetables or fruits? Even things like peanut butter and crackers are not bad if you are careful. Could you qualify for food stamps? At least then you could buy more things you could use. We have used the food banks as well, and I suppose ours work okay. We used them mostly around holidays to help with guests and gatherings, but we had some really hard months last year where we were very grateful for anything we could buy from them. Ours have the usual canned and processed foods, but also a selection of veggies and fruits. That was always a good supplement. We have not had to use them for several months now and we are growing our own vegetables, but it is comforting to know they are there. The one we used was thru a local church. They got special deals with suppliers and so things were always fresh.
Now, we make sure that we donate to the food banks at least once a month or so. They need our help now more than ever.

Armourer
Armourer 2010-05-06 16:47:49 -0500 Report

The few vegatables they have I don't eat (cabbage, brocoli, calliflower, squash). I can't eat anything with seeds (no more tomatos, cucumbers) or nuts. All fruits make my sugar spike (bananas, apples, oranges, grapefruit, pears, mellons). Green peppers don't last, nor celery, or spinich). One has to shop for two weeks, and the stuff I mentioned doesn't last long enough. Been testing with peanut butter and it appears this increases my sugar as well, so will probably quit eating this. Yesterday and this morning had a tablespoon of PB and up went my sugars by 75 points. Forget the food stamps, my wife said that is grounds for divorce.

For you I'm glad that things are getting better that you haven't had to use the food bank, but yes, it is nice that it is there.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-03 20:00:00 -0500 Report

I just hate the roller coaster ride of diabetes. It sure makes you want to scream. At least your doctor is being proactive with you and if you comply to his new directions you will see the results in a couple of months. And as for the wedding, celebrate the day, don't worry about the food. Sneak in a goody bag for yourself.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-05-03 16:38:18 -0500 Report

A true learning curve.
An adjustment in diet seems to be necessary, the only question is what and what not to eat and do ?

~Mays~

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