AC1 Levels

By Vauna Latest Reply 2010-05-13 11:10:44 -0500
Started 2010-05-12 11:43:40 -0500

I am newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I went to several classes with a diabetes educator and a nutritionist which was extremely helpful. In two months I completely changed my lifestyle - the way I eat (I count carbs) and work out at least 3 times a week. I lost 10 pounds and feel great. One guy in my class did the same and his AC1 level dropped so much that they took him off medication. I went to get the results of my AC1 test yesterday and it is exactly the same as last time - 6.9. I am so frustrated and dissapointed. Why do levels drop with some people with a lifestyle change and others dont?

8 replies

alanbossman 2010-05-13 08:30:31 -0500 Report

Hi Vauna, and welcome to dc. To know if you are insulin resistant is to ask your doctor, most type 2s are insulin resistant. I am type2 also and iam insulin resistant. To keep my a1c numbers low I eat low carbs and portion size meals and exercise.My last four a1c were 5.4,5.4,5.4,and5.5. I am still on my meds. And probably will be for a long time. I am close to getting my next a1c check soon. hope this helps you out.

spiritwalker 2010-05-12 16:45:53 -0500 Report

Type1 and type2 diabetics are different. No one with type
one goes off of insulin. They can't produce it on their own.
Type 2's if they are willing to work at it can be taken off
since they produce insulin. In a type 2 the insulin they create
isn't being used properly. If A type 2 gets their eating, exercise,and weight under control they can stop insulin use.

kdroberts 2010-05-12 12:25:43 -0500 Report

Remember that there are different types of diabetes. If you are a type 1 then no amount of lifestyle changes will help if you don't have your insulin use on point. A type 2 with insulin resistance can often make enough changes to become more insulin sensitive. Don't think about what others do, concentrate on what you are doing and how your body responds. Chances are you will never see that guy again after you have finished your classes, you will see your diabetes 24/7 for the rest of your life. Take time and learn to control it, don't let it control you.

Vauna 2010-05-12 17:03:43 -0500 Report

How do you know if you are insulin resistant?

kdroberts 2010-05-13 11:10:44 -0500 Report

Your doctor can run some tests and make an educated guess. Generally if you have a non-fasting insulin and c-peptide test that comes back high you are likely insulin resistant.

monkeymama 2010-05-12 12:04:21 -0500 Report

Hello there Vauna! A possible reason for this may be because everyones body metabolizes and reacts differently from person to person. That includes the foods that we eat. Your body may react one way to a particular food one time. Than get a different reaction another time.We're all going to have our ups and downs with your diabetes as well. I hope this helps you out.