4 weeks ago my A1c level was 6.1, today it is 5.9. They were done by different labs so there may be some difference there but if it keeps dropping like this then I might be out of the pre-diabetic range by the end of the year.
This also shows me that lowering my carbs to under 50 grams/day is most likely going to be sufficient for my situation. Eating like this for the rest of my life is not going to be difficult at all as I can have a little bit of fruit every day and some very dark chocolate in small quantities.
Yesterday I had the day off and used my time to get a lot of exercise, I did about 90 minutes total of cardio, some running, some uphill walking. The weather was beautiful and my daughter and I enjoyed a late fall day, me on foot, she on her horse.
Here are a few pics I took:
On top of the world
Our little town
Later in the afternoon I did about 50 minutes of strength training and have the sore muscles from that today.
I also got a short swim lesson from my daughter and she confirmed what I already suspected: my form has improved overall and is pretty good for breast, back and freestyle and the reason I'm slow is because I'm out of shape after a couple of months with mostly walking for exercise.
I'm looking forward to having more time again from now on to exercise. As long as the weather is good I will do a little more trail running or horseback riding again. When the weather is bad I'll go swimming, do strength training or ice skating. When we get a lot of snow I hope to finally try out my snow shoes that I could not use last winter because of the lack of snow.
I decided that I needed to do more research on insulin and how it affects the human body. I want to learn more about why some people can handle a lot more carbohydrates than others, how different types of carbs affect insulin production, how insulin affects fat storage etc.
I also want to find out why just eating more fruit will bring my A1c level back into the pre-diabetic range and if the dairy I am eating (even in the form of yogurt) is a contributing factor.
Looking around on the internet I found this blog post by Jimmy Moore that has a very interesting discussion with a lot of additional links: livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/does-ins ulin-deserve-a-bad-reputation-the-low- carb-experts-weigh-in/9458
If anyone is interested in discussing this further I think we could start a thread on the low-carb team.